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Rated NR · 122 minutes · 2006

Comedy, Drama
Wim Wenders began as the most austerely hip of the German New Wavers, but he quickly became besotted with American cliche culture; a crash festival of The End of Violence, The Million Dollar Hotel, Land of Plenty, and now Don't Come Knocking would cure even Tom Waits of barroom whimsy for life. He returns to playwright Sam Shepard for source material, with Shepard himself grumping up center stage as a menopausal jerk searching for meaning we're never sure is there. Shepard's hero, a leathery cowboy actor named Howard Spence, defects from a desert movie set and his blind-driving lifestyle of booze, dope, and fan-boffing, eventually finding out that a waitress he knocked-up more than two decades earlier had a son he's never met. So, it's hangout time in Butte, Montana. Wenders clearly doesn't think in terms of meaning and pace; he longs to make narrative-film choices the way a jazz guitarist chooses licks: capriciously, hunting for grooviness, even if the attempt imbues his work with the personality of a blissfully hungover Beat poet playing dress-up.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/dontcomeknocking
Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders
Producer: Ulrich Felsberg and Wim Wenders
Cast: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, Eva Marie Saint, Jean Reno, Clea DuVall and Marieh Delfino

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