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Paris, Texas

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After four years' absence, a social dropout reappears in l.a. to claim his abandoned son and then heads for texas to reunite the boy with his mother.

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Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder's guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller's camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton's face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. If the long climactic conversation between Stanton and Nastassja Kinski renders the movie uneven and slightly inscrutable, it's hard to think of a more fitting ending--and besides, the achingly empty American spaces stick longer in the memory than the dialogue. Winner of the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Sam Berry, Bernhard Wicki
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Writers: L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shepard
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman, Chris Sievernich, Don Guest, Pascale Dauman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XL35G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paris, Texas" on IMDb

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123 of 138 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on June 24, 2005
Format: DVD
Sam Shepard, the actor-writer, wrote this beautiful film; his friend Wim Wenders directed it. This is a cinematic emotional masterpiece with a core that points straight to the things we love and says, Are we in love with them as they are, or as we imagine them to be?

The title is a perfect representation of this point; it's the town where Travis, played by Harry Dean Stanton in probably his best role on screen, was conceived and where his father said his mother was from, without giving the name of the state, only the town. Paris--as in France--is the fantasy. Paris--as in Texas--is the reality. Did his father love his mother for what she was, a plain girl from Texas, or what he imagined her to be, a "fancy woman" from France?

Travis has the same problem; he's the real focus of the film and around him the Texas twilight casts long, sad shadows that glisten with hope, brilliant colors, and soon to be approaching night. In him's a heart that's torn between his love for what he knows and for what he wants to run away from, between his son, Hunter, his ex-wife Jane, and himself. The only one of these he knows is real is his son, who's the second core of the film. Hunter is the reality of his marriage to Jane, the one thing he knows is solid and true and right in front of him.

Nobody makes films like this anymore. This was done in 1984 and deservedly won a Palmes d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, one of the top awards given to a film director.

Nobody makes films with this much heart anymore. Things have changed.

Things have changed.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is my very favourite movie of all time. This is a perfect film. From Robbie Mueller's breathtaking cinematography, to Ry Cooder's haunting score everything is an excercise in beauty. (Lead actor) Harry Dean Stanton conveys a disturbing yet gentle portrayal of desire, fatherhood, and loss with great lucidity and pathos. Also noteworthy is Nastasja Kinski, whose chemistry with Stanton is unparalleled in recent cinema. The story is certainly one of Sam Sheperd's finest, as is L.M Kit Carson's nuanced adaptation (he wrote the screenplay--and his son plays Hunter, the child star of the film). While this film is a fine achievement in every aspect it is not for the impatient. Some have called it "slow moving," and it is definitely slow in its pace, but one needs time to savour a film of such subtlety as this. Paris Texas is a film that should not be left out of any serious collection, and is a must see for anyone who still regards filmmaking as a craft. I have lost count of how many times I have watched this film and shared it with others.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Bonesteel on January 7, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is a German-French coproduction, so it is interesting as a product of how Americans are viewed by the Europeans. Every scene seems to contain images of something that is decaying or something that is being built. Cars are everywhere. Expansive desert vistas mirror the barrenness of the main character's inner life. Motion is seen as an antidote to pain. The final confrontation between Harry Dean Stanton and Nastasia Kinski is very moving, and the plight of Stanton's character at the end of the film is heartbreaking.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Suppose you had lost everything you ever wanted, and it was your own fault. How would you try to get it back? That's the situation facing Travis, who deals with his loss by starting over--literally, tracing his life back to the place where he was conceived. As the story unfolds, Travis realizes that you can't always get everything back...but sometimes, if you're willing to pay the price, you can make up for past mistakes.
It's not a flashy movie. But if you have the patience to sit and watch it, you'll be left with a feeling of being overwhelmed by the quiet drama of life that the movie holds. I hope it comes out on DVD soon. And that music...wow.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "sukcha" on June 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Paris,Texas is one of the best films of the 80's and it deservedly won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984. This is a film that takes it's time developing it's characters and is not concerned with delivering a intricate story line. Instead, the film concerns itself with exploring intricate emotions. It is a painful story about loss, alienation, and the need to reconcile with the past. Director Wim Wenders, Writer Sam Shepard,and Cinematographer Robby Muller all did splendid work with this film. The music by Ry Cooder is also excellent and perfect for the film. The acting is what stands out the most though. The performances in this film are some of the best I have ever seen and that is the biggest reason the film has such a powerful emotional impact. The film remains truthful and believable from start to finish. You wont find any sentimentality or sensationalism in this film. Paris,Texas is a film that is both hauntingly beautiful and achingly sad. It's a film that makes us question our collective ideals, particularly materialism, and makes a moving statement about the power of the family. It saddens me that this film isn't as appreciated as it should be. Paris,Texas is a perfect example of what films should be. I hope it emerges on DVD soon.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zandro on August 11, 2006
Format: DVD
Been working as a bus driver, Ive been on the road most of the time. I really love this movie. Pictures, landscapes, and that guitar sound lingers on my mind whenever Im driving. When I first saw it on TV I was hooked, I got lost to its absolute beauty, I think now I found the movie that ive been longin for for a long time. You spend most of the time wondering what really happen to travis while at the same time enjoying the picture perfect cinematography, and of course the always beautiful Nastassja Kinski delivers it most when its needed, and who would ever forget that poetic dialogue between travis and jane, whom many considered the highlight of the film.
Watch it and enjoy.
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