Don't Come Knocking

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The cinematography conjures beautifully evocative landscapes, but aside from that, the film is meandering and pointless.

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Washed-up movie star Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) spends his days drowning his sorrows in an endless stream of drugs and alcohol, but news that he may have fathered a child offers him a ray of hope. He sets out to find his offspring and discovers a whole life that he has missed.

Cast & Crew

Sam Shepard
Howard Spence
Eva Marie Saint
Howard's Mother
James Gammon
Old Ranch Hand
Karsten Brünig
Producer
In-Ah Lee
Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Executive Producer
Wim Wenders
Executive Producer
Franz Lustig
Cinematographer
Nathan Amondson
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  • Feb 19, 2009
    Very impressed with this film. A great anti-Western, it's depicting a world outside of the Western genre still shot in, basically, the Western genre. The leading man echoes Clint Eastwood in a way - Clint's got six children by a few different women - and you can't help but ask what that's like when the on-screen cowboy has an off-screen cowboy story of a life to live. Utah, Nevada and Montana look beautiful and desperate in this film, and though it starts off sort of comically, it becomes clear that there is a lot of pain in these characters. Well-acted and well-shot, if not an example of super writing, I'm still hearing that Don't Come Knocking isn't one of Wim Wenders' best. It's the first of his movies I've watched, and it's opened my eyes to his oeuvre nevertheless. Coming from Germany, it blows my mind that he can tell a wonderfully American story like this one, but thanks to this film I'll be sure to visit Paris, Texas shortly. Lots of meta-film going on here, too: how many movies are actually filmed in Bute, Montana? Import Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Sarah Polley et al to the town, and you have to wonder if it could have had a real effect on the town akin to the one the main character's film did within the story... probably not, but it's a question that makes it interesting. It's hard to say much about this movie without spoiling it, and it does move really slowly, but I was hanging off it the whole way - suffice to say that in a later scene, why the White Stripes make sense to America, the world and me was hammered home, which might've made the movie in itself. The style and the chase at the heart of the story seemed like an inspiration for No Country For Old Men, too... at any rate, in my opinion, this is a film (and probably a director) not to be missed.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2008
    Faraway,so close dear Wenders...it's a shame,really,to stuck en route for the American dream as you say in all your filmography,discovering the core and then self-exploding?A pity,this was the pinnacle of Wenders' journey.I believe it's about time to pick up the rest of the pieces and think of concrete ideas instead of dead end road trips.I wish I hadn't given one star on this but he wouldn't leave me any other option.Utter failure.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2007
    An interesting movie! Sam Shepard is definitely one of a kind as he plays a Hollywood western actor. He's pretty much down on his luck, decides to disappear for a while. Through the absence, he realizes that he has a son somewhere. He goes in search for him, but in the end he receives another surprise. Great music!! Fairuza Balk, Jessica Lange, and Sarah Polley co-stars.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2007
    The poetic journey of an aging cowboy who seeks for redemption and forgiveness. Wenders lyric take on an existencial drama, with exceptional and touching performances by Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange and Sarah Polley.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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