Paris, Texas
Paris Texas
Directed By
Wim Wenders
Produced By
Anatole Dauman
Don Guest
Written By
L. M. Kit Carson
Sam Shepard
Harry Dean Stanton
Nastassja Kinski
Dean Stockwell
Aurore Clément
Hunter Carson
Edited By
Peter Przygodda
Robby Miller
Music By
Ry Cooder
Road Movies
Channel Four Films
Argos Films
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Distributed By
Columbia Pictures (US)
Palace Pictures (UK)
Argos Films (France)
Tobis (West Germany)
200px-Flag of Germany.svg West Germany
Flag of France.svg France
Release Date
November 9 1984
147 Minutes
Rating R
$1.8 million
$2.2 million

Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and playwright Sam Shepard, and the distinctive musical score was composed by Ry Cooder. The cinematography was by Robby Müller. The film was a co-production between companies in France and West Germany, and was filmed in the United States.

The plot focuses on an amnesiac (Stanton) who, after mysteriously wandering out of the desert, attempts to reconnect with his brother (Stockwell) and seven-year-old son (Carson). He and his son end up embarking on a voyage through the American Southwest to track down his long-missing wife (Kinski).

The film unanimously won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival from the official jury, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.[1] The film has been released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection.


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