Dont Come Knocking

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A tale of a washed up hollywood star that finds a ray of hope when he discovers that he might have a grown up child in montana.

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Studio Sony
SKU 202699681
UPC 043396117228
UPC 14 00043396117228
Format DVD
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Editors Note
Note In 1984, writer Sam Shepard and director Wim Wenders teamed up for the indie hit PARIS, TEXAS, a story about family and identity, set in the American West, that won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. More than twenty years later, they're back together again for DON'T COME KNOCKING, a highly entertaining journey that examines the similar topics, with equally inspiring results. Shepard stars as Howard Spence, a former Hollywood cowboy legend whose career has fallen apart in a blur of women, drugs, and alcohol. He disappears from the set of his latest film in Moab, Utah (directed by the great George Kennedy), bent on figuring out just who he really is, so he heads home to Elko, Nevada, to see his lonely mother (Eva Marie Saint) for the first time in thirty years. Unbeknownst to him, he is being trailed by Sutter (Tim Roth), a bondsman determined to find him and bring him back to finish the $32 million movie he started. The grizzled Spence finds out that he might have a child from a fling on an old film set, so he takes off for Butte, Montana, where his past quickly catches up to him in the form of a small-town waitress (Shepard's real-life wife, Jessica Lange). As he tries to establish some kind of relationship with his son (Gabriel Mann), a musician with a bizarre girlfriend (Fairuza Balk), he is also followed by a quiet young woman (Sarah Polley) walking around with an urn. DON'T COME KNOCKING, which was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes, is another insightful, offbeat look into the American psyche by German director Wenders (WINGS OF DESIRE, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD), gorgeously shot by cinematographer Franz Lustig, with an excellent country soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett. Shepard is terrific as Spence, not afraid to grit his crooked teeth and bare his beat-up soul.
Reviews
New York Times "[V]isually majestic....DON'T COME KNOCKING is filled with haunting visual panoramas." 03/17/2006 p.E10
Sight and Sound "[N]ever less than fascinating?.[The film has] a terrific sense of place, something missing from much contemporary US cinema." 06/01/2006 p.46
Entertainment Weekly "Director Wim Wenders' ambling tribute to American backwaters finds gems by the roadside." -- Grade: B_ 08/11/2006 p.56
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "Angst has rarely looked more sumptuous." 10/01/2006 p.156
Directors
Wim Wenders
Actors
Jessica Lange
Sam Shepard
Cast & Crew
Franz Lustig - Cinematographer
Gabriel Mann - Actor
Jessica Lange - Actor
Karsten Brunig - Producer
Peter Przygodda,et. al. - Editor
Sam Shepard - Actor
Sam Shepard, et. al. - Writer
T-Bone Burnett - Original Music By
Tim Roth - Actor
Wim Wenders - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 11722
UPC 00043396117228
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Cannes Film Festival (2005) Wim Wenders , Nominee, Golden Palm Award
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Does every moment of a movie have to work for you? Or can you enjoy an imperfect one if it fills in places around the edges of your imagination? "Don't Come Knocking" is a curious film about a movie cowboy who walks off the set, goes seeking his past, and finds something that looks a lot more like a movie than the one he was making...The supporting characters are all genuine enough, but the central role of Howard Spence is a problem. He needs to be more heroic or more pathetic, I'm not sure which. His life seems to be lived outside his experience, as if someone else made all those headlines in his mother's scrapbook.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review Filled with haunting visual panoramas. One of the most resonant is a nighttime shot of the Elko skyline dominated by a glittering casino. Evoking a once and future gold rush, it says more about the Old West and the New West than all of Mr. Shepard's elliptical, stagy dialogue can muster. Such powerful images make Don't Come Knocking well worth contemplating.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Stephen Holden
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Shepard,Sam
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
TV Guide, Ken Fox ...it's possibly Wenders' most accessible film to date...

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