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The Truman Show -- An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.

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Writer (WGA):
Andrew Niccol (written by)
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Release Date:
5 June 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
All the world's a stage... See more »
Plot:
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 37 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Life is Starting to Imitate Satire See more (790 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Carrey ... Truman Burbank

Laura Linney ... Meryl Burbank / Hannah Gill

Noah Emmerich ... Marlon

Natascha McElhone ... Lauren / Sylvia

Holland Taylor ... Truman's Mother

Brian Delate ... Truman's Father
Blair Slater ... Young Truman

Peter Krause ... Lawrence
Heidi Schanz ... Vivien
Ron Taylor ... Ron
Don Taylor ... Don
Ted Raymond ... Spencer
Judy Clayton ... Travel Agent
Fritz Dominique ... Truman's Neighbor
Angel Schmiedt ... Truman's Neighbor
Nastassja Schmiedt ... Truman's Neighbor
Muriel Moore ... Teacher
Mal Jones ... News Vendor

Judson Vaughn ... Insurance Co-Worker
Earl Hilliard Jr. ... Ferry Worker
David Andrew Nash ... Bus Driver / Ferry Captain
Jim Towers ... Bus Supervisor
Savannah Swafford ... Little Girl in Bus

Antoni Corone ... Security Guard

Mario Ernesto Sánchez ... Security Guard (as Mario Ernesto Sanchez)
John Roselius ... Man at Beach
Kade Coates ... Truman (4 years)

Marcia DeBonis ... Nurse

Sam Kitchin ... Surgeon
Sebastian Youngblood ... Orderly
Dave Corey ... Hospital Security Guard
Mark Alan Gillott ... Policeman at Power Plant
Jay Saiter ... Policeman at Truman's House
Tony Todd ... Policeman at Truman's House
Marco Rubeo ... Man in Christmas Box
Darryl Davis ... Couple at Picnic Table
Robert Davis ... Couple at Picnic Table
R.J. Murdock ... Production Assistant
Matthew McDonough ... Man at Newsstand
Larry McDowell ... Man at Newsstand
Joseph Lucus ... Ticket Taker
Logan Kirksey ... TV Host

Ed Harris ... Christof

Paul Giamatti ... Control Room Director

Adam Tomei ... Control Room Director

Harry Shearer ... Mike Michaelson
Una Damon ... Chloe

Philip Baker Hall ... Network Executive

John Pleshette ... Network Executive

Philip Glass ... Keyboard Artist
John Pramik ... Keyboard Artist

O-Lan Jones ... Bar Waitress
Krista Lynn Landolfi ... Bar Waitress
Joe Minjares ... Bartender
Al Foster ... Bar Patron
Zoaunne LeRoy ... Bar Patron
Millie Slavin ... Bar Patron

Terry Camilleri ... Man in Bathtub
Donna Hardy ... Senior Citizen (as Dona Hardy)

Jeanette Miller ... Senior Citizen

Joel McKinnon Miller ... Garage Attendant
Tom Simmons ... Garage Attendant

Susan Angelo ... Mother
Carly Smiga ... Daughter

Yuji Okumoto ... Japanese Family
Kiyoko Yamaguchi ... Japanese Family
Saemi Nakamura ... Japanese Family
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jake Eberle ... Classical Clive (uncredited)

Melissa Fitzgerald ... Girl Dancing with Marlon (uncredited)

Marc Macaulay ... (uncredited)

Mickalean McCormick ... Assistant to Christof (uncredited)
Lorin Moore ... Ticket Handler (uncredited)
Courtney Pakiz ... German linguist / interpreter (uncredited)
Kevin D. Ross ... Talk Show Caller (voice) (uncredited)
Erica Taylor ... Prom Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Weir 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Andrew Niccol (written by)

Produced by
Edward S. Feldman .... producer
Andrew Niccol .... producer
Lynn Pleshette .... executive producer
Richard Luke Rothschild .... co-producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Adam Schroeder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Burkhard von Dallwitz  (as Burkhard Dallwitz)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
Lee Smith 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Matthews 
 
Makeup Department
Kathleen Berkeley .... additional makeup artist
Ron Berkeley .... supervising makeup artist
Hazel Catmull .... supervising hair stylist
Stephanie Eastburn .... additional makeup artist
Bette Iverson .... supervising hair stylist
Elizabeth F. LaVallee .... additional hair stylist
Anne Morgan .... hair stylist: Mr. Carrey
Sheryl Ptak .... makeup artist: Mr. Carrey
Ron Scott .... additional hair stylist (as Ronald Scott)
Randa Squillacote .... additional hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... supervising makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rosemary Dority .... post-production supervisor
Joseph P. Kane .... unit production manager
Richard Luke Rothschild .... unit production manager
Philip Steuer .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David M. Bernstein .... second second assistant director (as David Bernstein)
Susan Carpenter .... additional assistant director (as Susan L. Carpenter)
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Robert Huberman .... assistant director: second unit
Michael J. McAlister .... second unit director (as Micheal J. McAlister)
Jill Southern .... additional assistant director (as Jill Musser)
Jonathan Watson .... second assistant director
Scott Robertson .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald R. Abblett .... production painter (as Don Abblett)
Richard F. Anderson .... assistant set dresser (as Richard Anderson)
Paige Augustine .... assistant set decorator
Keith David Bragg .... greens foreperson (as Keith D. Bragg)
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor
Melanie S. Chretin .... assistant property master
James M. Davis .... construction foreperson
Guillaume DeLouche .... assistant property person (as Guillaume Delouche)
Scott Getzinger .... assistant property master
Daniel J. Gillooly .... greens coordinator (as Dan Gillooly)
Joe Griffith .... storyboard illustrator
Doug Harlocker .... property master (as Douglas Harlocker)
Gail Laskowski .... art department coordinator
Larry Laurent .... paint foreperson (as Laurence Laurent)
John Leone .... labor foreperson
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dresser
James P. Meehan .... set dresser
Thomas Minton .... set designer
Odin Oldenburg .... set designer (as Odin R. Oldenburg)
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator (as Jeffrey J. Passanante)
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer
Marco Rubeo .... assistant art director
Dan Schulz .... assistant set dresser
Andrew M. Scudier .... paint foreperson (as Andy Scudier)
Brian Shupper .... assistant set dresser
Patrick R. Siembieda .... construction auditor
Mark Sparks .... lead carpenter
Mark Weissenfluh .... leadman
Carla Bailey .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Pedro Barquin .... greensman (uncredited)
Sean Bernard .... painter (uncredited)
John Duncan .... props (uncredited)
William F. Gambill .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael J. Hall .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Otto Lindsey .... prop maker (uncredited)
Robert Loring Jr. .... stand-by greens (uncredited)
John W. Morgan .... plasterer (uncredited)
Michael Mosley .... art department assistant: Florida (uncredited)
Shannon Mullins .... propmaker (uncredited)
Anthony Siarkiewicz .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ben T. Sineath Jr. .... paint utility (uncredited)
Bruce G. Smith .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Dan Stewart .... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael A. Wells .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Rodney Berling .... sound apprentice
Nick Breslin .... assistant sound editor (as Nicholas Breslin)
Mark C. Grech .... cable person (as Mark Grech)
Phil Heywood .... sound re-recording mixer
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Tim Jordan .... dialogue editor
Rick Lisle .... sound effects editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Steve Murphy .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Martin Oswin .... sound re-recording mixer
Julie Pearce .... foley recordist
Andrew Plain .... dialogue editor
Art Rochester .... production sound
Maureen Rodbard-Bean .... assistant sound editor
John Simpson .... foley walker
Lee Smith .... sound designer
Peter Townend .... sound effects editor
Karin Whittington .... supervising adr editor
 
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects
Michael Arbogast .... special effects crew: Florida (as Mike Arbogast)
Chad Baalbergen .... special effects crew: Los Angeles
Peter Chesney .... boat effects designer
Blaine Converse .... image engineering coordinator
James Fredburg .... special effects crew: Los Angeles (as Jim Fredburg)
Thomas Kittle .... special effects crew: Florida
Roland Loew .... special effects crew: Los Angeles (as Roland Lowe)
Durk Tyndall .... special effects crew: Florida
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects crew: Los Angeles (as Tom Ward)
Paul Corbo .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Joe Heffernan .... special effects crew (uncredited)
G. Peter King .... special effects (uncredited)
Leone Marucci .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Leone Marucci .... special effects crew: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Karl Nettmann .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Daren Rouse .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Tim Walkey .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ted Andre .... digital artist: Cinesite
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor: CFC
Richard A. Benoit .... digital effects associate producer: Cinesite
Stella Bogh .... digital compositor: CFC
Bruce Bullock .... digital imaging schedular: Cinesite
Dylan Carter .... digital compositor: CFC
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World
Christopher Evans .... chief digital matte artist: Matte World (as Chris Evans)
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Caroleen Green .... digital matte artist: Matte World
Laura Hanigan .... digital artist: Cinesite
Gokhan Kisacikoglu .... CGI animator: Cinesite
Karen Klein .... rotoscope supervisor: Cinesite
Richard Klein .... CGI animator: Cinesite
Brad Kuehn .... digital visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
Roger Kupelian .... concept matte artist: Cinesite
Mark Tait Lewis .... rotoscope artist: Cinesite (as Mark Lewis)
Patrick Lin .... motion control photographer: Matte World
Ariana Lingenfelser .... digital visual effects producer: Cinesite
David Lingenfelser .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Kevin Lingenfelser .... digital effects supervisor: Cinesite
Martin Matzinger .... visual effects producer: Matte World
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects supervisor (as Micheal J. McAlister)
Brett Northcutt .... digital matte artist: Matte World
Joe Pasquale .... 3D supervisor: Cinesite
Eric Pender .... CGI animator: Cinesite
Paul Rivera .... digital composite supervisor: Matte World
Ken Rogerson .... effects editor: Matte World
Tony Sgueglia .... digital technician supervisor: Cinesite
Todd Siechen .... 3D models and textures: Matte World
Eduardo Silva .... CGI animator: Cinesite
Janek Sirrs .... digital compositor: CFC
Todd R. Smith .... digital compositor: Matte World
Morgan Trotter .... 3D modeler: Matte World
Jason Wardle .... CGI animator: Cinesite
Eric Weinschenk .... digital compositor: CFC
Juliette Yager .... visual effects producer
Janet Yale .... digital compositor: CFC
Mieko Yoshida .... CGI animator: Cinesite
Jonathan Alvord .... Avid editor (uncredited)
Joshua Arsenault .... visual effects editorial assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Chung .... CGI animator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Erin M. Cullen .... roto artist (uncredited)
Charles Darby .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Matt Dessero .... digital artist (uncredited)
Mark Gutterud .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Christopher Horvath .... digital compositor: Matte World Digital (uncredited)
Tim Ketzer .... computer graphics animator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Michael Kory .... CG supervisor (uncredited)
Kevin LaNeave .... digital runner (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... technical assistant supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Lund .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Cristin Pescosolido .... match move supervisor (uncredited)
Tristan Tom .... technical support: Cinesite (uncredited)
James Valentine .... rotoscope (uncredited)
Susumu Yukuhiro .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Reese Banta .... stunts
Ann Bellinger .... stunts
Jake Brake .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Mike Christopher .... stunts (as Michael Christopher)
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (as Sandra Gimpel)
Martin Grace .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Lee Nashold .... stunts (as Byron Lee Nashold Jr.)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Steve Santosusso .... stunts
Jimmy Waitman .... stunts
John Zimmerman .... stunts
Pat Banta .... stunt double: Jim Carrey (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patric J. Abaravich .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Patric Abaravich)
Tim Barry .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Roy Bean .... video technician
Shaun Breedlove .... chief rigging lighting technician
Branch M. Brunson .... assistant chief rigging lighting technician
Bill Byers .... video assist operator (as William S. Byers Jr.)
Chris Centrella .... first company grip (as Christopher Centrella)
Bill Coe .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Roy Gittens .... electrician
David Golia .... camera operator: "b" camera (as David John Golia)
Oscar Gomez .... second company rigging grip
Raymond Gonzales .... electrician (as Ray Gonzalez)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Michael Grady .... second company rigging grip (as Michael L. Grady)
Mark Gutterud .... assistant camera: second unit
Blake Hill .... electrician
Gordy Jorian .... electrician
Dean M. King .... dolly grip (as Dean King)
Jeff Kluttz .... first company rigging grip
Robert LaBonge .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Robert La Bonge)
Dennis J. Lootens .... chief rigging lighting technician (as Dennis 'DJ' Lootens)
Hugh McCallum .... second company grip
Bill McConnell Jr. .... second assistant camera
William McConnell .... first assistant camera (as William M. McConnell)
Kevin Murphy .... chief lighting technician
Jay Nefcy .... camera operator: video camera
Ron Newburn .... electrician
Katie Nilson .... electrician
Jacqueline J. Nivens .... camera loader (as Jacqueline Nivens)
Greg Patterson .... electrician
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Chris Regan .... digital imaging technician: Cinesite
Thomas L. Rowe .... camera operator: video camera
Van Scarboro .... video assist operator
Tom Schurke .... video technician
Paul Siegel .... first company grip: Matte World
Brian Skilton .... electrician
Rick Talmadge .... video technician
Mike Thomas .... underwater camera operator
Suzanne Trucks .... camera loader
Mark Vollmer .... grip
Peter Walts .... assistant chief lighting technician
Maryan Zurek .... underwater assistant camera
Kelly Diehl .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Richard Falk Jr. .... assistant chief rigging lighting technician (uncredited)
Daniel Galiardi .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera, Florida (uncredited)
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Michael J. Walsh .... electrician (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... assistant camera: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting (as Sandy Alessi)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Ellen Jacoby .... location casting
Dana McFadden .... casting associate: Florida
Meredith Tucker .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Bill Dance .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... set costumer
Mary C. Lane .... costume supervisor
Robert Mata .... costumer: Mr. Carrey
Linda Pierce .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Liam Anderson .... apprentice editor
Todd Fulkerson .... apprentice editor
John Lee .... lightworks assistant
Paula Lourie .... assistant film editor
Padraic McKinley .... lightworks assistant
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Basia Ozerski .... assistant film editor
Marie-Pierre Renaud .... assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Kevin D. Ross .... additional film editor
Jim Sevin .... editor: video
Phil Voss .... telecine operator
Noelleen Westcombe .... assistant film editor
Jeff Consiglio .... editor: main titles, TruTalk open sequence (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music editor
Philip Glass .... composer: additional music
Lowell Greer .... musician
Wilhelm Kempff .... musician
Kurt Munkacsi .... music producer: Philip Glass music
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra .... musicians
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Daryl McKenzie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Steve Brodsky .... transportation coordinator
Randy Peterson .... transportation captain (as Randall Peterson)
Kevin C. Scott .... transportation captain
Steve Brill .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
John H. Stephens .... local transportation captain (uncredited)
Timothy Stephens .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: Florida (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Noah Ackerman .... assistant: Mr. Weir
J.M. Bascom .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Tammy Blackburn .... animal trainer
Dotan Bonen .... security officer
Mary Brunner .... production assistant
Briana Burke .... assistant location manager: Florida
Daniel Carb .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Richard E. Chapla Jr. .... assistant production coordinator: Florida (as Richard Chapla)
Aloura Melissa Charles .... production assistant (as Aloura Charles)
Neil Clark .... computer displays
Jennifer Cook .... production assistant
Bradley Cramp .... assistant: Mr. Niccol
Amy Dean .... production assistant
Jennifer Dunne .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Tim Dutrow .... production assistant
Linda Fields .... assistant: Mr. Carrey
Beth Folta .... seaside liaison
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
J.J. Geary .... craft service (as John James Geary)
Gene Gillespie .... production assistant
Craig Glaser .... craft service (as Craig Glasser)
Edward Goemans .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
AnaMarie C. Gonzaga .... first assistant production auditor (as Anamarie C. Gonzaga)
Jeff Gross .... production assistant
Cheryl Harris .... animal trainer
Crystal Hawkins .... production auditor (as Crystal A. Hawkins)
Philip Kingry .... marine coordinator (as Phil Kingry)
Linaia Light .... massage therapist: Mr. Carrey
Ian McGloin .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Helen Medrano .... auditing assistant (as Helena M. Ruiz)
Nolan B. Medrano .... auditing assistant
Joshua Milne .... production assistant
Michael Moseley .... assistant production auditor (as Michael J. Mosley)
Sandy O'Neill .... unit publicist
Jackson Peel .... production assistant
Andrew Piccone .... production assistant: Matte World
Judith Pritchard .... production coordinator (as Judy Pritchard)
Antonia Proscia .... payroll
Brian Ringseis .... production assistant: Matte World
Mark Roybal .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Deborah Simmrin .... unit publicist
Wanda Joyce Stephens .... assistant production auditor
Wendy Stites .... special design consultant
Mike Triplett .... production assistant
Christopher W. Trott .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Christopher Trott)
Andrew L. Ullman .... location manager: Florida (as Andrew Ullman)
Adrienne Vergos .... travel coordinator
Mark Walbaum .... production assistant
Valerie Waters .... personal trainer: Mr. Carrey
Rick Whitfield .... video producer
Susana R. Zepeda .... assistant: Mr. Feldman
Joan Zulfer .... auditing assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Karen Bosma .... production assistant: construction (uncredited)
Abby Callahan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Barclay Crenshaw .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tamela D'Amico .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brent Davis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chadbyrne R. Dickens .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Karin Fong .... title designer: main titles, TruTalk open sequence (uncredited)
Joachim Hellenes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Erika Herzog .... office production assistant: Scott Rudin Productions (uncredited)
Nicki La Rosa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Mosley .... assistant production auditor: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Fred Moyse .... key paramedic (uncredited)
Marie Nashold .... medic (uncredited)
Drew Smith .... craft service (uncredited)
Eric Smith .... title designer: main titles, TruTalk open sequence (uncredited)
Kent D. Smith .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Will Sweeney .... production intern (uncredited)
Regina Whitcomb .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Daryl Davis .... appreciation to
Robert Davis .... appreciation to
 
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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language
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Trivia:
The location shoot for Seahaven Island (the film's town in the dome) was in a place called Seaside, Florida. When director Peter Weir arrived there with his pre-production team he said "Unpack our things, we've found our town." The week they arrived during the location scouting is the week they began pre-production.See more »
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Continuity: Truman's Ford Taurus is actually three different models. The GL, the LX and the performance edition SHO. The models change frequently in the film. The wheels, interior trim, and exterior styling all have subtle (but noticeable) differences.See more »
Quotes:
[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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48 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Life is Starting to Imitate Satire, 31 August 2005
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Life is starting to imitate satire. "The Truman Show" was only made seven years ago, but it predates the current mania for so-called "reality" television shows such as "Big Brother". The idea behind such shows is that they present the viewer with a slice of actual reality- real people in real situations with real emotions- rather than the simulated reality of drama or the edited reality of documentaries. The flaw in this idea is that nothing is more unreal than a reality show. The presence of the cameras has a distorting effect, inducing artificial behaviour patterns in those who appear in front of it, and the sort of people who star in such programmes are almost invariably eccentric exhibitionists. "The Truman Show" takes the central concept of reality TV shows one stage further in order to overcome this flaw: what would happen if we made a reality programme about a person who has absolutely no idea that he is appearing on television? Truman Burbank is an insurance executive, living in a small American seaside town called Seahaven, and happily married to a nurse named Meryl. Or at least he thinks he is. What Truman doesn't know is that he is the central character in a soap opera and that his whole life is a fiction. The company he works for does not exist. Seahaven, the island it stands on and the surrounding ocean are all part of a gigantic set, specially created for the programme and sealed off from the outside world in a gigantic geodesic dome. Everyone in Truman's life- Meryl, his mother, his colleagues at work, his best friend Marlon- are actors playing out their roles in his drama.

For thirty years Truman has accepted his world unquestioningly, but at the beginning of the film a series of incidents- a light falling from the sky, the reappearance of his father, who was supposed to have drowned in a boating accident when Truman was a boy, strange messages picked up on his car radio- awaken his doubts. Although members of the cast make strenuous attempts to dissuade him, he decides to try and explore the world outside Seahaven; in particular he wants to travel to Fiji where he has been told that his former girlfriend Sylvia now lives. (Sylvia was written out of the show when the scriptwriters decided that he should marry Meryl instead).

The film has certain similarities with another film from the late nineties, "Pleasantville", which dealt with an inverted version of the same idea; two teenagers from the real world are magically transported into the world of a fifties television show. In my view, however, "The Truman Show" is the better of the two. "Pleasantville" deals with its political themes in a heavy-handed way with some very obvious symbolism. "The Truman Show", although it deals with some weighty issues, is never ponderous or excessively serious; indeed, it is often very humorous. The main source of humour is the contrast between the naïve, trusting Truman and the behaviour of those around him, all living a lie and desperately trying to prevent Truman from finding out that it is a lie. I had previously thought of Jim Carrey as a rather annoying actor whose appeal was based upon the idea that manic overacting is in itself funny, but here as Truman he is very good indeed, both amusing and touching. I was also impressed by Ed Harris as Christof, the show's enigmatic producer.

Another factor in the success of the film is its visual look. Seahaven (like the town in "Pleasantville") appears as an eerily perfect, not-quite-real version of the typical American small town, but was actually filmed in a real place, the purpose-built village of Seaside, Florida. There are similarities with the cult British sixties television series "The Prisoner", which was also filmed in an eerily perfect seaside village, Portmeirion in North Wales.

The film is obviously a satire on the intrusiveness and obsession with celebrity of the modern media; added relevance was given by the fact that it came out shortly after the death of Princess Diana. There is, however, more to it than that. Much has been made of the film as religious allegory; it has been pointed out that Christof whose name is clearly, and quite deliberately, similar to "Christ", is a God-figure, whereas Truman (the "True Man") is a symbolic Everyman. It has even been claimed that the film is an anti-religious allegory, with Truman's final escape from Seahaven symbolic of man's need to break away from outdated religious dogmas. This is not an interpretation with which I would agree- if one is trying to put across a "God is dead" message, it seems odd to provide a God-figure who is very much real, not mythical or illusory. The imagery of the final scenes – the calm after the storm, the ascent up a flight of stairs into the sky and clouds- also struck me as religious rather than secular. Moreover, the film seems too complex to be reduced to any single allegorical meaning, although it certainly deals with the relationship between man and God. It also touches on man's need to explore- both to explore new places and also to explore new ideas and to break away from established ways of life and ways of thought- and on the nature of reality. Truman's world may seem unreal to us, but as Christof says, "we accept the reality we are presented with".

This is a brilliant, multi-layered film, part comedy, part satire, part philosophical speculation, and in my view one of the two best movies of the late nineties. (The other was "American Beauty"). I felt it should have taken the "Best Picture" Oscar for 1999- "Shakespeare in Love" is a good film, but "The Truman Show" is a great one. It confirms my view that Peter Weir is one of the best directors currently working. 10//10

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