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True Stories (1986)

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

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Cast

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

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Musical | Comedy

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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Alithines istories  »

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$2,545,142 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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There is either an intentional theme, or triple coincidence, with red convertible cars. The Narrator is driving a red 1985 Chrysler LeBaron convertible, the Culvers' parade car is a red 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, and the Shriners are driving miniature red 1966 (or thereabouts) Ford Mustang convertibles. See more »

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The amount of asparagus changes repeatedly during the dinner party. See more »

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Kay Culver: Be sexy in business. Be successful at night.
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There are no opening credits. The title appears on white letters against a black screen. This is followed by a screen with the words "A film about a bunch of people from Virgil Texas." See more »

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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Cocktail Desperado
Written by Terry Allen and David Byrne
Produced by David Byrne
Performed by Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band
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Being ahead of one's time
30 December 2002 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Some movies that you saw as a child and thought were great end up seeming rather trite or contrived when viewed as an adult; likewise, some movies that seem just downright dumb as a child may turn out to be the masterpieces of your adulthood. The same goes for time periods. Sometimes a movie is made that is not appreciated until the sophistication of future generations catches up. David Byrne's "True Stories" is prime example of this phenomenon. In the last couple of years alone, movies like "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Magnolia," and "Amelie" have scored big points with moviegoers for being offbeat, arrythmic, and irreverently blurring lines between Realism and Surrealism--these traits are the essence of postmodern art. Although occurring a decade and a half before any of these movies, "True Stories" utilizes all of the same techniques to express a postmodern vision not appreciated by cinemagoers in its time. David Byrne's unflaggingly straight face, John Goodman's wholehearted attempts at a serenade, and the bizarre amalgamation of music video and cinema, rural Texas and the technology-obsessed eighties, true stories and downright lies. For those of you who may have seen this movie back in 1986 and thought, "What the heck did I just waste three bucks on?"--now is probably the perfect time to watch it with eyes accustomed to the quirky and postmodern.


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