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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.
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
This movie is both visually amazing and emotionally driving. One of the best movies I've ever seen.Published 2 months ago by heather gibson
Love the droll acting, and the ending when the mom and child reunite. The kid is out of this world.
But, one of the real highlights is Ry Cooder's guitar soundtrack. WOWEE!
Slow and sad, but good acting. Geography was all wrong. Paris, TX is in NE TX with woods all around, but this movie shows it as a desert! Read morePublished 2 months ago by TD
A Wim Wenders/Sam Shepard classic that established a new genre of Southwest atmospherics in film making, the direct descendants of which include the Breaking Bad TV blockbuster. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer H. Lee
A classic. Harry Dean Stanton at his best (except for possibly Repo Man)Published 3 months ago by fred spears
A hard hitting realistic blue-collar drama with one of Ry Cooder's best ever bluesy musical scores.Published 3 months ago by D. Lacey