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The Straight Story (1999)

G  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  3 November 1999 (France)
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An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.


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"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. Written by Christian Sandberg

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

3 November 1999 (France)  »

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The Straight Story  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,312 (USA) (15 October 1999)


$6,197,866 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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In the film, Alvin's brother's name is mentioned as Lyle; however, in Straight's biography in the Des Moines Register, his name is listed as Henry. This is most likely not an error, but rather the result of Alvin's brother not wanting his real name used in the film. See more »


While driving through West Bend, Iowa, Alvin is seen driving past the Grotto of the Redemption from right to left. This would be north to south, or following the jog in the highway, traveling east to west. See more »


[first lines]
Dorothy: Hi Rose.
Rose 'Rosie' Straight: Hi Dorothy.
Alvin Straight: [can be heard collapsing inside his house]
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Special thanks to the Alvin Straight family See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 16 October 1999 (1999) See more »


Written by Spade Cooley
Performed by The Radio Ranch Straight Shooters
Published by Chappell & Co. (ASCAP)
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4 October 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

After seeing this film I feel like I know just a little bit more about the USA. David Lynch is synonymous with shock value and weird for weirdness sake, and indeed these elements are not missing from The Straight Story. However it is in a light that I have not witnessed from Lynch before. We begin with a simple family living a quiet life but end up with an array of absurdly interesting characters with depth in their lives that cannot be apparent from their introduction. Especially moving was the bar scene with two WWII veterans discussing the events of fifty years ago and how it still affected their current lives and emotions. If you are looking for Wild at Heart or Dune, don't look here. But if you are looking for real people with real stories this is the film for you.

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