Don’t Come Knocking

Hollywood star Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) has seen better days. Today he just lives off of his former glory. After another night of debauchery, he flees the set of his latest Western, riding away into the open prairie like one of the heroes he so often portrayed. He seeks refuge at his mother’s (Eva Marie Saint), whom he has not seen for ages. But even there, he does not stay long after he learns that somewhere he might have a son he never knew about. To Howard this seems like a ray of hope that his life was not all in vain. Maybe there even is a place out there where he belongs! Thus Howard sets out to search for that son (Gabriel Mann), only to discover an entire life in a small town that he had missed so far, and a love (Jessica Lange) he had thought lost, and even a daughter (Sarah Polley), whose existence was unknown. If only there wasn’t this tenacious insurance detective (Tim Roth) who wants to get Howard back on set at any cost.


Germany 2004/05
Length:122 min, 3379 m
Format: 35mm color; 1:2.35; Cinemascope; Dolby SRD
Language: English

Festivals & Awards

2005 • Cannes International Film Festival (Competition)
2005 • European Film Academy: European Filmprize (Best Director of Photography Franz Lustig)

Cast and crew

Production: Reverse Angle Production GmbH (Hamburg), Reverse Angle International GmbH (Berlin), Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin) Director: Wim Wenders Screenplay: Sam Shepard, according to an idea of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard Producer: Peter Schwartzkopff Director of Photography: Franz Lustig Editor: Peter Przygodda Sound: Matthew Nicolay C.A.S. Cast: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, Eva Maria Saint

Script: Sylvie Michel-Casey Music: T-Bone Burnett  Assistant Camera: Bengt Jonsson, Jay Levy, Michael Cruickshank Special Effects: Lenny Dalrymple, Steven Dearth Steadicam: Thomas Hill Lohmann, Bobby Brown, Glen Kaplan Assistant Editor: Oliver Weiss Still Photographer: Donata Wenders Sound Assistant: Don Nelson Assistant Director: Josef Lieck, Edward McGurn Light: James Elton Davis, Chris Milani Props: Jeffrey O´Brien, Denise Ciarcia Set Design: Nathan Amondson Stage: Thomas Lembcke, Nick Arnds, Kenny Davis Artistic Director: William Budge, Nicole Loebart Wardrobe: Caroline Eselin-Schaefer, Jennifer Day Young, Cathy Smith, Shirley Kurata Make-up: Barbara Lamelza, Frederick “Sam” DeBree, Bonita DeHaven Hair: Garne Tolkin, David Larson Stage Design: David Storm Casting: Heidi Levitt Production Manager: Haley Sweet Excecutive Producer: Jeremy Thomas Production Coordinator: Shaun McNally, Tobin Adams, Traceigh Scottel Production Assistant: Anna Jürges, Andy Potash Co-Producer: Carsten Lorenz Line Producer: Samson Mücke, Karsten Brünig, In-Ah Lee Office: Caitlin Pashalek Location Manager: Reinhold Elschot, Stephan Mallmann, Michel Reilhag, Meinolf Zurhorst, Rémi Burah, Frank Graf, Peter Nadermann, Andreas Schreitmüller Personal Assistant to Wim Wenders: Eva von Malotky Personal Assistant to Peter Schwartzkopff: Solveig Hellriegel In Cooperation with: ARTE France Cinéma (Paris), Euroarts Media AG (Berlin), HanWay Films (London), Network Movie (Cologne), Océan Films Distribution (Paris), Sony Pictures Classics, ZDF/ ARTE (Mainz) With Support from: Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Filmförderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Potsdam) Primary Distribution: Reverse Angle Pictures GmbH (Berlin) Premiere (FR): 19.05.2005, Cannes International Filmfestival

Blu-ray & DVD

Language/Sound: German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: German
Image Format: 2,35:1

Paradis Distribution
Language/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French
Image Format: 2,35:1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language/Sound: English
Subtitles: Hindi, English
Image Format: 2,35:1

Language/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: Italian
Image Format: 2,35:1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French
Image Format: 2,35:1

Book to the film

Don’t Come Knocking
Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Donata Wenders
Schwartzkopff Buchwerke, Berlin 2005
388 pages, numerous photographs, Hardcover
ISBN: 9783937738398

Out of print

Press Sheet (PDF)

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