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Paris, Texas (1984)




Critic Consensus: A quiet yet deeply moving kind of Western, Paris, Texas captures a place and people like never before (or after).

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Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) is wandering through the Texas desert, a bit shaky and in desperate need of water, when he stumbles into a bar and collapses. A German doctor of dubious credentials finds a phone number in Travis' wallet, which belongs to his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell). Walt is shocked to hear about his brother's condition, since no one in the family has seen or heard from Travis in four years; Walt flies to Texas to bring him home, only to find Travis wandering by the side of the road, and they begin the long drive back to Los Angeles, where Walt lives with his wife, Anne (Aurore Clement), and Hunter (Hunter Carson), Travis' seven-year-old son. At first, Travis refuses to speak and is oddly distant, but in time he begins to talk again, and when he arrives in California, he begins the painful process of reacquainting himself with his son and trying to reconcile with his wife, Jane (Nastassia Kinski). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Harry Dean Stanton
as Travis Henderson
Nastassja Kinski
as Jane Henderson
Dean Stockwell
as Walt Henderson
Aurore Clement
as Anne Henderson
Hunter Carson
as Alex Hunter Henderson
Bernhard Wicki
as Dr. Ulmer
as Woman on TV
Socorro Valdez
as Carmelita
Tommy Farrell
as Screaming Man
John Lurie
as Slater
Jeni Vici
as Stretch
Sally Norvell
as Nurse Bibs
Sam Berry
as Gas Station Attendant
Claresie Mobley
as Car Rental Clerk
Justin Hogg
as Hunter At Age 3
Edward Fayton
as Hunter's Friend
Sharon Menzel
as Comedienne
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Critic Reviews for Paris, Texas

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (1)

It is true, deep, and brilliant.

January 6, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

By contributing these different cultural influences, Wenders makes this less about a certain place and time, and more of an overarching human experience.

July 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Wenders articulates his slightly romanticized, "outsider's" idea of the lonely American west, a place of spiritual emptiness and surreal beauty.

March 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Surely the film lacks pure authenticity but in its place, we are met with spellbinding subtlety, equal parts poetic and mundane.

December 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Though Paris, Texas is the most interesting American film I've seen all year, it is finally not a success.

June 18, 2018 | Full Review…

...this vision of America is one of vast landscapes and fluorescent signs, the latter being almost as visually poetic as the former.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paris, Texas


While deceptively simple on the surface, this is a masterful example of screenwriting and storytelling that finds truth and poetry in the mundane and is centered on the kind of quietly nuanced characters that I guess any actor or actress would love to play once in their lives.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A man wordlessly stumbles out of the desert after disappearing without a trace four years previously and sets about reclaiming his lost family. Harry Dean Stanton is one of those faces that everyone knows without knowing they know; a remarkable character actor who took very few lead roles. His wonderfully understated performance is the centrepiece to Wim Wenders' road movie dealing with love and loss that's chock full of beautiful imagery. In fact it's a little ironic that it took a German to capture so completely the "feel" of middle America but this piece of audio-visual poetry is one of the purest examples of mainstream cinema as an art form. No-one could fail to be captivated by his scenes with estranged wife Nastassja Kinski whose first appearance on screen has become an iconic image. Its ponderous pace and lengthy running time will not appeal to those looking for action or melodrama, but Paris, Texas is more an experience than a piece of entertainment and if approached as such is rather unforgettable.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end. Plus my favorite score of all time, provided by Ry Cooder, interpreting Dark Was The Night by Blind Willie Johnson.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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