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Don't Come Knocking [DVD] [2006]

Sam Shepard , Jessica Lange , Emy Coligado    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley
  • Directors: Emy Coligado
  • Producers: T-Bone Burnett, Karsten Brunig, In-Ah Lee
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9PA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama starring Sam Shepard. Once a big Western movie star, Howard Spence (Shepard) is now a womanising alcoholic. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear for him. 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 and discovers an entire life that he has missed.

Synopsis

Writer/actor Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down) and director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club) reunite for their first collaboration since the critically acclaimed Paris, Texas in this tale of a washed up Hollywood star who finds a ray of hope when he discovers that he might have a grown-up child in Montana.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I just want to be related to someone," 10 Aug 2006
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Format:DVD
Don't Come Knocking is such as visually beautiful film and it's also superbly acted by Sam Shepard and the formidable Jessica Lange - complete with plastic surgery - but dramatically the film is rather inert and ultimately suffers from a sort of portentous and stodgy directorial style, which hampers what could have been a very fine film.

Directed by Wim Wenders, Don't Come Knocking is Largely set in Montana, and the scenery is absolutely stunning. Often occupying more than half the screen, the sky is like a character in the movie, which has a bright, distinct and totally vibrant look and ends up being the most interesting character in the film.

The movie stars Sam Shepard as a washed-up aging movie star Howard Spence. We first meet him just as he's disappeared from the set of a western in which he is starring. A 60-year-old drug- and alcohol-abusing playboy, Howard heads for home in Elko, Nev., a place he hasn't been in 30 years. We aren't quite sure why he's going there, we can only assume that he's having some kind of mid-life crisis.

Of course, the film is left in turmoil, but Howard doesn't care, he's like a little boy who is off exploring and he's oblivious to the chaos that he's causing. A no-nonsense representative of the bond company who is insuring the movie Sutter (Tim Roth) swoops in by helicopter and begins tracking the badly behaved cowboy.

While in Elko, Howard's reunion with his elderly mother (Eva Marie Saint) is cut short by the revelation that he has a twenty something son from a one night stand on a film shoot in Butte, Montana, so off Howard goes, to reconnect with his past. Meanwhile, a young woman named Sky (Sarah Polley) arrives in Butte carrying an urn with her recently deceased mother's ashes.
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I recently came to the conclusion that Wim Wenders had not made a good film in twenty years. However, after seeing "Don't come Knocking", I felt I had to revise that opinion. Subsequent to creating masterpieces like "Wings of Desire" and " Paris, Texas" his career seemed to go into terminal decline. His fans felt very let down by "Faraway so Close" and "The End of Violence". Although he seemed totally washed-up, with "Don't come Knocking" he almost re-establishes his credentials as great film-maker. In terms of its script and even some of its acting, it is actually quite clunky. Where it really succeeds is in the quality of its directing. It is a film of astonishing beauty.
The story, such as it is, deals a theme Wenders has returned to again and again. It is a sort of " modern man in search of a soul" idea. Like" Paris, Texas" it consists of a sort of meditation on the American Landscape, interlaced with American popular music as a background to a more corporeal narrative, dealing with a man and his relationships.

The film starts with its principal character Howard Spence, an actor played by Sam Shepard, walking out the film he is performing in to go in search of......well, what?
In attempt to make sense of his life he goes to visit his mother, played by Eva Marie Saint (yes, she who played Edie Doyle in "On the Waterfront" all those years ago.) He soon goes in search of his former lover Doreen, played by Jessica Lange and the son they had together played by Gabriel Mann. This personal odyssey take him to Butte, Montana, the home of his abandoned family. The Lange character is working as waitress in a coffee shop and his son is a singer in a bar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a low-key charmer 18 April 2014
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Wim Wenders has come up here with something that has the feel of a Coen brothers movie -- a playing with genre and American stereotypes that is unpretentious and yet keeps the viewer pleasantly off-balance. It's also visually very attractive, whether we're in the western landscape where movies are being made or in run-down parts of Butte, Montana, where the second half of the movie takes place, and where the paintings of Edward Hopper were an inspiration to the cinematographer. The stereotype being played with here is that of the aging professional who has lost his zest for his work and fallen into bad behavior -- booze, broads, undependability. Think of Paul Newman in "The Verdict" or Redford in "The Electric Horseman." The conventional narrative arc will take us to "redemption" of some kind. And that's the case here, but there's none of the stagy uplift or pseudo-moralizing, and while one feels that the protagonist is in a better place at the end than at the beginning, he seems to have taken a small step rather than made a wholesale turnaround.

The protagonist here is Howard Spence (Sam Shepard), an aging actor, who in the opening scene rides off one day from the movie he's shooting in the Montana landscape. His journey takes him to his mother -- Eva Marie Saint, looking good and acting with fine comic self-possession -- and eventually in Butte to children he didn't know he had fathered. Importantly for the movie's tone, this journey is not one of a tormented soul.
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