Paris, Texas

Synopsis: A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Wim Wenders
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
145 min

What the hell?


You know which side of the border you're on?

You got a name part?


something must have cut your tongue out.

either that or,

you got something...

to hide.

It's all I can tell.

you hear me plain enough.

Walter A. Henderson.

Now I wanna ask you one last question.

You see this here card?

Is this you?

Or a relative of yours?

Well, I'm gonna call up this number,

and see if they can tell me who you are.

I ain't got beds enough to be

putting up mutes.

Operator, I need a line out please.

Los Angels, California...

Uh... what?

Well can you... can you tell me

the exact location of your hospital down there?

where the hell is that?

Oh, OK, all right.

Yeah, uh... OK I'll be there.

I'll get there as fast as I can.

Just, will you tell him that I'm coming, OK?


Steven, I think you're

gonna have to change that...

- This section right here?

- Yeah, because it's in the copy.

Anne, honey...

I just got this strangest phone call.

Who from?

From some hospital in south Texas,

place called Terlingua.

They say they've found Travis.

Oh no!

What are you going to do?

- I'll go down and get him.

- Oh Walt...

What am I gonna do?

I can't leave him down there!

What about Hunter?

What am I supposed to tell him?

I'll just tell him

I had to go on a business trip.

I mean about Travis.


I guess you'd better tell him the truth.

to Alpine, 118 south...


You must be the brother of the mute.

- Mute?

- Yeah!

They couldn't squeez the time of day out of him.

Must be in a kind of jam. Huh?

I don't know.

I haven't seen him in over four years.

Is that right? Well...

A lot can happen to a man in four years, I guess.

All kinds of trouble.

Expensive trouble.

What do you mean?

Well, down here,

a man gets himself into a fix sometimes,

It costs a little to get him out.

You understand what I mean.

I don't understand you.

I wish you get to the point,

'cause I'd like to see my brother.

All right sir,

but first I would like to ask you something.

Did your brother

ever get hisself into a car wreck?

Uh, car wreck...? No.

Not that I know of.

Then, he must be mixing with some hard company.

I'd like to see my brother now,

if you don't mind.

He disappeared.

You mean, he's not here?

After I came all this way?

He's been gone

since early this morning.

We have his possessions. Nevertheless...

saved some.

We'd be glad to turn them over to you,

soon as you take care of our little reward.

Travis! Hey.

Don't you recognize me?

It's Walt.

It's your brother, Walt.

What the hell happened to you anyway?

You look like fourty miles of rough road.

Come on, let's get in the car.


Come on.


Here, Travis, your stuff.

I got that back at that clinic back there.

Sure pick the hell of a spot to land in.

I don't blame you for running out of it.

Um... look Trav,

we got quite a bit of travelling to do here,

you're not gonna clam up the whole way, are you?

I mean it'd get kind of lonely.


Would you mind telling me

where you disappeared to for the last four years?

Uh... have you seen Jane? Or talk to her?

Gee, Anne and I uh...

we sort of gave up on you, we actually...

we thought you were dead, boy.

Well it's pretty uh...


Well uh...


Oh, Gee, Trav, maybe you wanna...

get cleaned up, you know,

take a shower or something?

Uh... I think I'll go back into town,

I'll get you some new clothes.

You could use a new set of clothes, couldn't ya?

What si- size shoes you wear?

Let's see.

They're probably one size bigger, huh?

So where did you find that beard?

It's pretty snazzy.

OK I'll zip into town,

and zip right back.

I won't be gone long.

You'll be OK, won't you, Trav?

Yeah I'll- I will be right back.

Damn it!

You mind telling me where you're headed, Trav?

What's out there?

There's nothing out there.

Don't you trust me or something, huh?

I'm just trying to help you, Trav.

That's all.

Come on, it's all right.

Come on with me in the car.


Bet it feels good to be in new clothes, huh?


Hi, Hunter, it's Daddy.

I thought you'd be in bed already.

I'm not sleepy.

Guess who I'm visiting... here in Texas?


Your father.

Do you remember your father?


Not at all?

I remember he was kind of skinny.

He was?

Sort of.

Well guess what?

I don't know.

I'm gonna bring him home to visit.


do you remember your little boy, Hunter?

Well he's with us.

He's been living with Anne and me

ever since you disappeared.

We didn't know what else to do.

So, we just kept him.

One day,

he was just standing at the door.

All he could tell us was

someone brought him there in a car.

He didn't know what'd happened to you,

or Jane.

So we tried everything we could

think of to find you, or Jane.

Tried to locate her, she'd vanished too.

We didn't know what else to do.


I don't know what kind of trouble you got into.

I don't know what happened.

But damn it,

I am your brother, man.

You can talk to me.

I'm tired of doing all the talking.

Fill it with unleaded, please.

You know, I'm getting a little

sick of this silence routine.

You can talk!

I can be silent too, you know.

I'd just as soon that both of us keep our mouths

shut for the whole rest of the trip. You don't...





Did you ever go to Paris?


Could we go there now?

It's a little out of the way.

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