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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 paid $12.5 million for his work on the film. See more »


When Truman crashes into the wall of the set with his boat, his hair, sweater, and trousers are completely dry, despite just going through a man-made storm. 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

In the end credits, the cast is divided between Truman's World, Christof's World and The Viewers See more »


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Raising the Sail
Written by Burkhard von Dallwitz
Performed by Burkhard von Dallwitz
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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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