The Straight Story

The Straight Story

David Lynch (1999)

106min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Following the excesses of Lost Highway, David Lynch is in mellower mood with this whimsical road movie that, nevertheless, slyly dissects middle-American mores with disarming precision. Exhibiting dignified self-assurance, Richard Farnsworth gives an Oscar-nominated performance as the Iowa farmer travelling by lawnmower to visit his dying brother in Wisconsin. There's selfless support from Sissy Spacek as his traumatised daughter as well as some memorable turns from the various eccentrics he meets en route. It's hard to imagine a gentler film, yet Lynch fully exploits the stately pace to gaze fondly upon life's rich pageant. He also slips in a crane shot of such monumental inconsequence that it borders on the brilliant.

Summary

An old man embarks on a bizarre cross-country journey to visit his estranged brother, hoping to heal the rift between them before it is too late. Though his eyesight leaves much to be desired, he carries on regardless - choosing a motorised lawnmower as his form of transport. David Lynch's drama, starring Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway, Everett McGill and Harry Dean Stanton.

Cast & Crew

Alvin Straight Richard Farnsworth
Rose Straight Sissy Spacek
Lyle Straight Harry Dean Stanton
Tom the John Deere dealer Everett McGill
Thorvald Olsen John Farley
Harald Olsen Kevin Farley
Dorothy Jane Galloway Heitz
Bud Joseph A Carpenter
Director David Lynch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film FourAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 3 Dec 1999
Drama