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The Truman Show (1998)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  5 June 1998 (USA)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.



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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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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)


£9,771,416 (UK) (27 November 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Carrey was Peter Weir's first choice to play Truman from the outset. See more »


When Marlon is restocking the shelves he finishes the row with brown candy bars...takes two out of that row and turns to talk to Truman. When the camera angle goes back to the view from the inside of the vending machine, Marlon restocks the first row with three brown candy bars, he didn't have any other bars in his hands when he removed the two earlier. 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 »


References The Prisoner (1967) See more »


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An On-Film Miracle
8 August 1998 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Although it sometimes seems that Hollywood is catering to the lowest common denominator of everything, The Truman Show is proof that there are great ideas that are able to be turned into great movies. Jim Carrey plays an excellent role as a man with whom you can emphasize as well as be entertained by. The film's surrealistic nature is frightening when the viewer realizes the legal feasibility in today's society, and it offers a great message about who or what we assume God to be and how He (he?) would react to our personal drives for discovery to challenge a world we treat as an aquarium. Some things to note and ponder: The way the real-life viewers ignore the real lives of their compatriots and customers while focusing on a false life on screen; whose life is more real and whose is worth living? Also, note that Christof does not have his name listed among the "real world" in the credits, but in "Christof's World." His high-profile media-driven life is no different from Truman's!

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