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

Yeah, I'm travelling light.

You didn't have to bring

any flowers.

I didn't. These aren't

for you.

What would you do

with a bunch of plastic roses?

Come on, let's get going.

Sold the old ranch house?

Oh, I had to when

your father died.

So you're not living

in the country anymore?

Oh, no, I moved

10 years ago.


I don't know

what to do with you, Mom.

It all happened so fast.

I mean, I remember, uh...

I remember you

talking about that place.

That place out near

where you grew up.

You were always

talking about that

like you were happy

there or something.

When I was a kid.

You remember that?

Always seemed like

you liked that place.

I thought maybe I'd,

uh, take you up there.



what were you thinking about?


So now they'll be

looking for you,

is that it?

Yeah, I guess.

And you want me

to hide you out

or something?

Just like Jesse James?

Yep, just like Jesse James.


I suppose I could do that.

You are my son,

aren't you.

Just need a place to

rest for a while, Mom.

Might as well be

the place you grew up in.


You know...

I always have the

same damn problem...

finding your

father's gravesite.

Well, don't you recognize

the stone, Mom?

Well, they're all alike.

I mean, they used up

all the pretty little white

arches during Vietnam.

Then, by the time your

father died, all they had

were these simple

slabs of granite.

Just a slab,

flat on the grou--

Here it is.

That it?


I never thought it

was appropriate.

Flat slab on the ground.

People just walk

right on top of it.

Dogs pee on it.

Just isn't right.

Gentlemen, I can shoot

around Howard for

another day or two--

That doesn't solve

the problem, Anthony.

Well, you know,

Mr. Daily, sir...

I, uh, I don't see exactly

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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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