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True Stories (1986)

PG  |   |  Musical, Comedy  |  10 October 1986 (USA)
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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

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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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Quotes

Earl Culver: Here's a field... take a look out. Picture a house... Picture a lot of houses. What else is a field good for but building houses?
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The Stage Nears Completion (Texas Tunes)
Written and Performed by David Byrne
Produced by 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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