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Paris, Texas


Wim Wenders

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About the Movie

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas,a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Paris, Texas may be missing a crucial piece of authentic Americana, but it still evokes an America most Americans yearn to gaze on. – Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine, Feb 1, 2015

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Customer Reviews

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Sam wrote a masterpiece and win brought it to screen, Ry provided the orchestral symphony. I watched it at 20 and 21 years later I still fall asleep with a nostalgia for Paris Texas and the cancion mixteca. Watch it on big small medium HD or whatever screen, Paris Texas will always be a landmark?

Gloriously beautiful and sad

No surprise that a film like this would get 100% on the Tomatometer whilst a newer much celebrated film like Interstellar gets 71% - albeit very very different, Paris, Texas is just that great. Beautiful, poignant and moving - not needing any fast paced action and effects to keep one entirely spellbound and even led to some tears. Highly recommended.

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