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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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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
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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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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)  »

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$2,545,142 (USA)
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Trivia

In between takes of the talent show sequence in which Louis sings "People Like Us", a crew member was delighting others with his adaptation, "Teamsters Like Us". See more »

Goofs

As the narrator is walking through the mall, we see Waldenbooks more than once. See more »

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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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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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Referenced in Bulletproof Monk (2003) See more »

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Seen And Not Seen
Written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison
Produced by Brian Eno
Performed 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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