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The Straight Story

  • Drama
  • 1999
  • David Lynch
  • 106 mins
  • U

Summary

Road movie based on a true story, starring Richard Farnsworth. In 1994, Alvin Straight, a 73-year-old widower, sets out on a journey from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt Zion, Wisconsin, to make peace with his ailing brother. Denied a driver's licence, Straight uses the only means of transport available to him - his 1966 John Deere motorised lawnmower.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Alvin StraightRichard Farnsworth
Rose StraightSissy Spacek
Lyle StraightHarry Dean Stanton
Tom the John Deere dealerEverett McGill
Thorvald OlsenJohn Farley
Harald OlsenKevin Farley
DorothyJane Galloway Heitz
BudJoseph A Carpenter

Crew

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DirectorDavid Lynch

Details

Theatrical distributor
Film Four
Released on
1999-12-03
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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