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The Truman Show (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 5 June 1998 (USA)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.



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Top Rated Movies #206 | Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »



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In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Truman Show  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,542,121 (USA) (5 June 1998)


$125,603,360 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


CGI was used to create the upper halves of some of the larger buildings in the film's downtown set. Craig Barron, one of the effects supervisors, said that these digital models did not have to look as detailed and weathered as they normally would in a film because of the artificial look of the entire town, although they did imitate slight blemishes found in the physical buildings. See more »


An 8-ball that appears to be on Truman's desk (and then disappears) is in fact in a basket on a cart. See more »


[first lines]
Christof: We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are for the "real" Truman Show, with lines like "starring Truman Burbank as himself" and "created and directed by Christof". See more »


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Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major (K412), First Movement: Allegro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Conducted by Nicholas McGegan
Soloist: Lowell Greer
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi France
by arrangement with Source/Q
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19 January 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Ashaming that the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences has never realized what a brilliant actor Jim Carrey really is. The is no explanation for him not getting the Oscar for the Truman Show, there is no excuse for not even nominating him for The Truman Show and Man on the Moon. I like the academy Awards, most of the time it is a fair thing, but in that year it was a disaster. How else can you explain that in the year of Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line and of course The Truman Show the most boring and joyless film of all time Shakespeare in Love gets eight, I repeat, eight Oscars and the Truman Show gets none? I think it is because Jim has made so much Comedy, nobody really knows what tough work comedy means. It is ashaming that the Academy is sometimes still driven by outdated prejudices. For me, Jim Carrey is the greatest and most versatile actor in the world! And The Truman Show is The greatest performance by an actor I have ever seen on screen. Finished!

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