Don't Come Knocking

Synopsis: Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. Until one day Howard learns that he might have a child somewhere out there. The very idea seems like a ray of hope that his life wasn't all in vain. So he sets out to find that young man or woman. He discovers an entire life that he has missed ...
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Wim Wenders
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Are you in good health?

Yeah, I'm fine, Mom.


Are you far, far away?

Well, no. I think--

I think I'm somewhere in Utah.

Near the border.


What border is that, now?

Nevada. The Nevada border.


You haven't been that close

since you went away

to do that movie years ago.


Listen, Mom, would you mind...

if I came by and spent

a couple days with you?


Well, if you're that close...

and you don't come

and stay with me...

you'd better not ever,

ever call me again. I swear--

Mom, you're breaking

up on me, Mom.


Can you hear me?


BY You're breaking up on me.



Attention, all passengers.

The bus to Elko

is now boarding

and departing immediately.




The bus to Elko

is now boarding.



You must be Sky.

Your mother will be very

much missed around here.

Oh, John, do you

really have to leave?

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

Okay, I can't do this.

Cut! Cut.

What's going on now?

What's wrong?

Sorry, I-- I can't do this.

What can I get you.

I can't do this.

What's wrong, Monica?

I'm having

a very difficult time

pretending that he is

supposed to be Howard.

I mean...

I can't kiss that guy.

Who is that guy?

That's not Howard.

It's just a temporary

thing, Monica.

Temporary, my ass.

Where is Howard?

When's he supposed

to get here?

Howard's coming. I mean,

he's going to be here soon.

What we've got to do

is try to continue until

he gets here.

Why? I am supposed

to be acting with

Howard Spence...

not some stand-in jerkoff.

The bond company

wants us to keep shooting!




What in the wide world

has become of you?

Are you my son?

Yeah, it's me, Mom.

Is that all your luggage?

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Sam Shepard

Samuel Shepard Rogers III (November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017), known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose body of work spanned half a century. He won 10 Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most given to any writer or director. He wrote 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described him as "the greatest American playwright of his generation."Shepard's plays are chiefly known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved over the years, from the absurdism of his early Off-Off-Broadway work to the realism of Buried Child and Curse of the Starving Class (both 1978). more…

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