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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

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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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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The movie supposedly takes place in the town of Virgil, Texas. However, in one scene where little children in 4-H shirts are dancing in a field, a water tower is briefly visible in the background that clearly says "RED OAK". See more »

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A true 80's showpiece
10 March 2003 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

Of all movies that seem to, for some reason, want to glorify the 80's - this film shows us simply how we were. Should be placed in the Smithsonian.

Don't compare it to Guffman or any other movie. I doubt Byrne thought of it as any sort of genre piece - in fact it's hardly a movie at all. It's simply what happens when a talented performance artist is given a lot of money.

I weep, however, for Warner Brother's marketing department as they tried to sell it. All in all they failed. Tag line should be: "We gave David Byrne a lot of money to make a movie, come see what he made."

Follow the "external review" link to Roger Ebert's excellent review.


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