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True Stories (1986)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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A Completely Cool, Multi-Purpose Movie. See more »

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Musical | Comedy

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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alithines istories  »

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$2,545,142 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

British band Radiohead took their name from the song "Radio Head" featured in this film. See more »

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

Quotes

Earl Culver: Welcome to our talent show under the stars.
Earl Culver: Before we begin, I want to just tell you a
Earl Culver: little story that I heard about Texas recently
Earl Culver: in a local tavern. It seems though God was
Earl Culver: working around the earth here, trying to make
Earl Culver: it beautiful just like the rest of the world.
Earl Culver: He had to knock off because it was nighttime.
Earl Culver: And he said, "I'll come back tomorrow and make
Earl Culver: it just as pretty as the rest of the world,
Earl Culver: with lakes and streams and mountains and
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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 Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

People Like Us
Written by David Byrne
Produced by Talking Heads
Performed by John Goodman and Talking Heads
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Funny and touching
10 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although some scenes (like the fashion show) are clear absurdist parodies, Byrne tends to approach his topics more as an observer than a critic. Often the tone is sympathetic, never critical.

Although much of Byrne's commentary is at best cryptic or anticlimactic ("Personally, I believe -- I can see Ft. Worth from here."), there is much profundity beneath the absurdism. Byrne's reflections on forgetting are particularly apt.

This is not a film to approach with any expectations. Just watch and absorb, and let what you see percolate in your mind.

John Goodman's character is also the most charming Everyman to grace the screen since Marty.

The music sequences are also among the best I've ever seen.

Rent it and watch it on a big screen TV. Watch sober. Watch under the influence of your favorite mind-altering substance. Watch alone. Watch with friends. Watch when you're alert and rested. Watch when you're tired. Watch again and again.


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