Paris Trout
Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal
Written byPete Dexter (novel and screenplay)
Produced byFrank Konigsberg
Larry Sanitsky
StarringDennis Hopper
Barbara Hershey
Ed Harris
CinematographyRobert Elswire
Edited byHarvey Rosenstock
Music byDavid Shire
Distributed byPalace Pictures
Release date
April 20, 1991
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

Paris Trout is a 1991 made-for-television drama film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, starring Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, and Ed Harris.[1]

It is based on the novel Paris Trout by author Pete Dexter.[1]


Paris Trout is an unrepentant racist in 1949 Georgia. The greedy and paranoid shopkeeper murders the sister of a black man who refuses to repay Trout’s IOU. When Trout is arrested for the crime, he is stunned and enraged, showing himself to be a man of the Old South. Lawyer Harry Seagraves arrives to calm the waters in court but is soon caught in crimes of his own, including a dangerous and doomed affair with Trout's wife.



  1. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (April 19, 1991). "TV Weekend; The Evil That Can't Be Buried, in 'Paris Trout'". The New York Times.