MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 719 this week

True Stories (1986)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 3,173 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 19 critic

A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 06 Apr 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "True Stories" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: True Stories (1986)

True Stories (1986) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of True Stories.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Max Gillies, Serge Lazareff, Butcher Vachon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Five former cub scouts have a reunion and go camping on the mountain they never conquered. High jinks ensue due to their childhood enemies and a group of escaped convicts who mistake them ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Bilson
Stars: Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.

Director: Jeff Kanew
Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Lee Purcell
Checking Out (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Ray is a man obsessed with his own mortality. When Ray's best friend dies of a heart attack, Ray is convinced that all of his aches and pains are an indication of his own imminent death. ... See full summary »

Director: David Leland
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Mayron, Michael Tucker
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Spalding Gray tells about his participation in the film, "The Killing Fields" & the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie 1990)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Contemporary pop performers reinterpreting several songs of Cole Porter, in music videos directed by established directors.

Directors: Percy Adlon, David Byrne, and 17 more credits »
Stars: Afrika Bambaataa, Bono, David Byrne
The Big Easy (1986)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.'s police ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, Don Johnson
The Babe (1992)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Idiots Taylor Dupp and Murphy Wegg flee their humdrum existence in Dayton, Ohio for the glamour of Hollywood. Murphy turns his complete lack of talent into a career as a television producer... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Tobolowsky
Stars: Jim McGrath, Jeff Doucette, Cheryl Anderson
The Face of Rage (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Donald Wrye
Stars: Raymond J. Barry, Graham Beckel, Jeffrey DeMunn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Narrator / Lip-Syncher / Talking Heads singer
...
...
Kay Culver
...
The Lying Woman
...
Earl Culver
...
The Cute Woman
Roebuck 'Pops' Staples ...
Mr. Tucker
Tito Larriva ...
Ramon (as Humberto 'Tito' Larriva)
...
The Preacher
Matthew Posey ...
The Computer Guy
...
Miss Rollings
Freeman Beatty ...
Lip-Syncher
Evelyn Box ...
Hey Now Kid
Kevin Box ...
Hey Now Kid
Amy Buffington ...
Linda Culver
Edit

Storyline

David Byrne of Talking Heads fame visits a typical (and fictional) Texas town, on the eve of the town's celebration of the state's sesquicentennial. He meets various colorful local characters, most notably Lewis Fyne, a big-hearted bachelor in search of matrimony. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"It's a completely cool, multi-purpose movie." See more »

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alithines istories  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,545,142 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Puzzling Evidence" segment of the film was inspired by the Church of the Sub-Genius, a parody faith that David Byrne is a member of. In "church" lore, Puzzling Evidence is the name of the assassin of the religion's fictional founder, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. See more »

Goofs

Disappearing reappearing rearview mirror in the red convertible. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Metal buildings are the dream that Modern Architects had at the beginning of this century. It has finally come true, but they themselves don't realize it. That's because it doesn't take an Architect to build a metal building. You just order them out of a catalog - comes with a bunch of guys who put it together in a couple of days, maybe a week. And there you go - you're all set to go into business - just slap a sign out front.
See more »

Crazy Credits

1. Two columns of rolling credits run at different speeds. Left faster than right, then right faster than left. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Purple Rain (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Freeway Son
Written, Produced and Performed by David Byrne
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the Coolest Movies of the 1980's
8 April 2010 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The original tag line of "True Stories" was: "It's a completely cool, multi-purpose movie." Yes it really is. Directed and written by David Byrne (singer, writer, composer, a multi-talented person), this movie is an surprising and uplifting story about Virgil, a fictional Texas city that are celebrating the state's sesquicentennial year.

Byrne is the nameless narrator of "True Stories", and here he presents us all kinds of characters, including the lovely Lewis Fyne (John Goodman, very good) a bachelor who wants desperately to get married even knowing that his appearance isn't what most women wants; the Culver family led by the most influential business man of the city, the odd, funny and controlling Earl Culver (Spalding Gray) among many other persons.

Both in his musical works and in the case of this movie, Byrne puts very forms of speeches, as may seem throughout "True Stories". It's not just an ordinary comedy, it has something more powerful between it. He made statements over the unbridled consumerism (well noticed in the lyrics of "Wild Wild Life" and in the video of "Love for sale", where a sitting woman and a walking employee robot, watches a video clip showing that everything and everybody's out for sale). Those moments might seen an attack to some viewers and probably many will find that these scenes has nothing to do with the movie. Wrong. It is just a way to show many aspects of real life, after all we're talking about possible true people but in a funny way. It is not pointing to the people like a character judgment. Instead of that, Byrne and the writers (the actor Stephen Tobolowsky is one of them) shows us many levels of the society's stereotypes (the funny guy, the simple people and the rich people, and their events). But there's a sense of union, everybody likes each other in the movie, people go to clubs and shopping malls, sing songs, go to the big parade honoring the city and their special figures. Everything is likable. Perhaps in a deep view you'll find that something's wrong.

It's like Altman's "Nashville" but with less characters and more funny, and it's like "This is Spinal Tap", (both stories are showed in a documentary style) but Byrne's film is far more complex, very much like an art film filled with cultural references. This is one more of the most positive and underrated films I ever seen and I think it was made way ahead of its time. One of those to be watched again and again. If you're a Talking Heads fan you'll enjoy the songs played in the movie and sing along (Wild Wild Life is my favorite moment). If you're not a fan or don't know Talking Heads, well here's a great invitation to meet them. It's very cool and fun to watch! 10/10


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Your favorite song? spearsdw
This movie is amazing!!!!!!!!! : ]]]] lynardaskynarda08
Theatrical ratio? boromus-1
David Byrne and Asperger's syndorme The_Man_in_the_Planet
Decent DVD anywhere? rickert
Nearly 20 years later thestory217
Discuss True Stories (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?