The Straight Story

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(out of 5)


Everything is done perfectly in this heartwarming tale, based on the true story of Alvin Straight, an elderly gentleman who rode his John Deere lawnmower across two states to visit his ailing brother. Having not seen his brother in many years after having bad words with him, Straight knows that this may be his last chance to see him before he dies, but also knows that he is too old and frail to drive himself to where he lives.  is absolutely terrific in the lead role, giving a strong and admirable performance, while  is equally brilliant as his mentally challenged daughter whom he loves dearly and hates to leave. The many people he meets on the road make for wonderful encounters that are always touching but never saccharine, and the gorgeous cinematography will make you feel like you’ve just woken up from a beautiful dream. This is the most un-David Lynch movie ever made by David Lynch; on a sadder note, this Oscar-nominated performance by Farnsworth was his last, as he took his own life a year later when he learned he was terminally ill with cancer.


Asymmetrical Productions, Canal+, Channel Four Films, CiBy 2000, Les Films Alain Sarde, StudioCanal, The Picture Factory, The Straight Story Inc., Walt Disney Pictures

France/United Kingdom/USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by David Lynch

Cinematography by David Lynch

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Mary Sweeney


Academy Awards:  1999

Cannes Film Festival:  1999

Golden Globe Awards:  1999

Independent Spirit Awards 1999.

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