Don't Come Knocking

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Don't Come Knocking
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U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by Wim Wenders
Produced by Karsten Brünig
Lee In-Ah
Peter Schwartzkopff
Written by Sam Shepard
Wim Wenders
Starring Sam Shepard
Jessica Lange
Tim Roth
Cinematography Franz Lustig
Edited by Peter Przygodda
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s)
Running time 122 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget ~ US$11,000,000

Don't Come Knocking is a 2005 film, a comedy-drama road movie directed by German director Wim Wenders and written by Wenders and actor/playwright Sam Shepard. The two had previously collaborated on the film Paris, Texas. It was entered into the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot[edit]

Shepard stars as Howard Spence, an aging, hard-living Western movie star, who, disgusted with his life, flees by horse from the set of his latest western filming in the desert outside Moab, Utah. He hits the road looking for refuge in his past, traveling to his hometown of Elko, Nevada and, eventually, to Butte, Montana, looking for a woman (Jessica Lange) he left behind twenty years before when he was filming a movie there. Also converging on Butte is a young woman named Sky (Sarah Polley), returning her late mother's ashes to her hometown and conducting a search of her own. Spence is doggedly pursued by Mr. Sutter (Tim Roth), a humorless representative of the company insuring Spence's latest film, whose mission is to return Spence to the set to finish filming the movie.

Cast[edit]

Actors and cameos[edit]

The film features cameo appearances by George Kennedy as a beleaguered movie director, and Tim Matheson and Julia Sweeney as movie producers. Also appearing briefly is Tom Farrell (from Wenders 1980 Lightning Over Water and the Screaming Man from Paris, Texas) as a high-school acquaintance who recognizes Howard along the way. The film also marks the first collaboration in 18 years (since 1988's Far North) between Shepard and his longtime partner Jessica Lange, as the two had an agreement never to work at the same time, in order not to neglect their children. Lange, Saint and Kennedy are all winners of Academy Awards.

Photography[edit]

The film was shot in 35mm anamorphic format by Franz Lustig using Hawk lenses.[2] He and Wenders emphasized the influence of painter Edward Hopper on the cinematography.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Don't Come Knocking". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Wim Wenders and Franz Lustig are excited about Hawks". hawkanamorphic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 

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