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Don't Come Knocking

Don't Come Knocking
Scene from "Don't Come Knocking" (photo © Reverse Angle)

Howard Spence has seen better days. He has acted in many Westerns, but today he’s just living off his former glory. After another night of debauchery, he flees the set of his latest movie riding away into the open prairie, like one of the heroes he so often portrayed. Seeking refuge at his mother’s place, he soon learns that he might have a child somewhere that he never knew about. The very idea seems like a ray of hope that his life wasn’t all in vain. Maybe there is even a place out there where he belongs! So Howard sets out to search for that son, or daughter, whoever it is, only to discover an entire life that he has missed so far, and a love he thought lost.


Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After discovering his love for cinema in Paris, he attended film school in Munich from 1967-1970. Also active as a photographer and writer, he has made more than 50 films since 1971 all over the world. A selection of his acclaimed films includes: THE GOALKEEPER'S FEAR OF THE PENALTY (1971), ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), IN THE COURSE OF TIME (1976), THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977), HAMMETT (1982), THE STATE OF THINGS (1982), PARIS, TEXAS (1984), WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (1991), FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! (1993), LISBON STORY (1994), THE END OF VIOLENCE (1997), BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1998), THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000), THE SOUL OF A MAN (2003), LAND OF PLENTY (2004), DON'T COME KNOCKING (2005), PALERMO SHOOTING (2008), PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2013), THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014), and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Sam Shepard
Cinematography Franz Lustig
Oli Weiss, Peter Przygodda
T Bone Burnett
Nathan Amondson
Cast Eva Marie Saint, Fairuza Balk, Sarah Polley, Gabriel Mann, Tim Roth, Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard
Producer Peter Schwartzkopff
Production Company Reverse Angle Pictures/Hamburg, in co-production with Reverse Angle International/Hamburg, ARTE France Cinéma/Paris
Length 123 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German, Italian
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Cannes 2005 (In Competition), Moscow 2005, Karlovy Vary 2005, Locarno 2005 (Piazza), Pusan 2005, Rio 2005, Warsaw 2005, Kiev 2005, Taipei 2005, Ljubljana 2005, Sundance 2006, Belgrade 2006, Hong Kong 2006, Zurich 2018
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFoerderung Hamburg, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA)

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