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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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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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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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$2,545,142 (USA)
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Mr. Tucker's house, where Louis goes to get spiritual help with his love life, was the house of Dallas folk artist, Willard "The Texas Kid" Watson. Both the exterior and interior of the house was used. The front yard was filled with Watson's art, and was not set up that way for the shoot. That was how his yard always looked, except that we altered what the sigh over the walkway said. That's Watson's wife on the sofa as Louis is escorted through to Mr. Tucker's room, which was the Watson's dining room that had been completely redecorated by the art department. The alter, complete with Polaroids of various crew members, was specifically built for the scene, but almost everything else in the room was gathered together for less than $150. Steven Seybold, who appears in the fashion show and other scenes, and who auditioned by doing his Disco Fish routine for which he walked on stage with a boom box and a goldfish bowl, turned on the music, poured the fish out onto a piano bench, and danced while the fish flipped around (no fish were harmed), lent the art department his good-sized collection of botanica, for which they were very grateful. Much of the rest was purchased at local botanica stores, a Catholic supply store, and at a little Latino flea market that was held for years every weekend on Carroll just south of Columbia in east Dallas. The Elvis and Four Horsemen rugs were purchased from a roadside vendor, who was offended when asked how much he charged per rug. "Rug?!" he exclaimed. "These are FINE tapestries!" He charged $10 per fine tapestry. Notice that when Pops Staples, as Mr. Tucker, sings the word, "king," and points to the right, he is pointing at a bust of John F. Kennedy. See more »

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

Quotes

Narrator: You know, things that never had names before are now easily described. Makes conversation easier.
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Crazy Credits

2. Displayed at very end of credits, below the disclaimer: "IF YOU CAN THINK OF IT, IT EXISTS SOMEWHERE" See more »

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Spoofs Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Road Song Source Bookends
Written by Meredith Monk
Produced by Gary Kurfirst and David Byrne
Performed by Capucine DeWulf
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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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