The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Peter Weir (1998)

98min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
Scripted by Gattaca's director/screenwriter Andrew Niccol and flawlessly executed by director Peter Weir, this ingenious satirical comedy drama about media omnipotence is both dazzling and sophisticated from audacious start to poignant finale. In a role that reveals his dramatic range, Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, star of the world's most popular reality TV show, although he doesn't know it. Burbank thinks he lives in the idyllic island community of Seahaven, but it's just an elaborate set housed in a vast studio, and all his family and friends are really actors. How that realisation slowly dawns and spurs him on to find out what's real and what's fake in his emotionally confused universe is the stuff of ambitious cinematic brilliance. Carrey gives a suitably restrained performance, and he receives superlative support from Ed Harris (as the programme's creator, Christof) and Laura Linney (as Truman's "wife", Meryl).

Summary

A man is unaware his uneventful life is really a sham, and his every move is being secretly filmed and broadcast to the world as part of a 24-hour TV soap. However, a series of unforeseen events leads him to question the nature of his existence. Peter Weir's media satire, starring Jim Carrey, Natascha McElhone, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and Ed Harris.

Cast & Crew

Truman Burbank Jim Carrey
Christof Ed Harris
Meryl Laura Linney
Marlon Noah Emmerich
Lauren / Sylvia Natascha McElhone
Truman's mother Holland Taylor
Truman's father Brian Delate
Control room director Paul Giamatti
Mike Michaelson Harry Shearer
Network executive Philip Baker Hall
Network executive John Pleshette
Director Peter Weir
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy