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Release Date:
3 November 1999 (France) See more »
An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 19 wins & 32 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sissy Spacek ... Rose
Jane Galloway Heitz ... Dorothy
Joseph A. Carpenter ... Bud
Donald Wiegert ... Sig

Richard Farnsworth ... Alvin
Tracey Maloney ... Nurse
Dan Flannery ... Doctor Gibbons
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes ... Brenda
Ed Grennan ... Pete
Jack Walsh ... Apple
Max the Wonder Dog ... Farm Dog
Gil Pearson ... Bus Driver
Barbara June Patterson ... Woman on Bus

Everett McGill ... Tom the John Deere Dealer
Anastasia Webb ... Crystal
Matt Guidry ... Steve

Bill McCallum ... Rat
Barbara E. Robertson ... Deer Woman (as Barbara Robertson)
James Cada ... Danny Riordan
Sally Wingert ... Darla Riordan

Barbara Kingsley ... Janet Johnson
Jim Haun ... Johnny Johnson
Wiley Harker ... Verlyn Heller
Randy Wiedenhoff ... Fireman #1
Jerry E. Anderson ... Fireman #2

Kevin P. Farley ... Harald (as Kevin Farley)

John Farley ... Thorvald
John Lordan ... Priest
Garrett Sweeney ... Boy in Truck
Peter Sweeney ... Boy in Truck
Tommy Fahey ... Boy in Truck
Matt Fahey ... Boy in Truck
Dan Fahey ... Boy in Truck
Russ Reed ... Mt. Zion Bartender
Leroy Swadley ... Bar Patron
Ralph Feldhacker ... Farmer on Tractor

Harry Dean Stanton ... Lyle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Cinabro ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gary D'Amico ... Cyclist #1 (uncredited)
George A. Farr ... Wendell (uncredited)

Jeremy Kent Jackson ... Andy (uncredited)
Lana Schwab ... Old Lady #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lynch 
Writing credits
John Roach (written by) &
Mary Sweeney (written by)

Produced by
Pierre Edelman .... executive producer
Neal Edelstein .... producer
Michael Polaire .... executive producer
Mary Sweeney .... producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Freddie Francis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mary Sweeney 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
Lynn Blumenthal 
Production Design by
Jack Fisk 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Haberecht 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... special makeup effects
Deborah K. Dee .... hair stylist: Harry Dean Stanton (as Deborah Dee)
Bob Harper .... makeup artist: Sissy Spacek
Sally J. Harper .... hair stylist: Sissy Spacek (as Sally Harper)
Production Management
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager
Spike Allison Hooper .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director
Simone Farber .... second assistant director
Eric Sherman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Johnny D. Culley .... assistant property master (as Johnny Culley)
Sean Everett .... property master (as Sean E. Markland)
David Hack .... lead man
Christopher Kennedy .... assistant art director (as Chris Kennedy)
Steven Kerlagon .... lead painter (as Steve Kerlagon)
Timothy W. Lobdell .... carpenter (as Tim Lobdell)
Shane Patrick .... swing gang
Thomas Traugott .... swing gang (as Tom Traugott)
David Wilt .... construction coordinator (as Dave Wilt)
Trini Wilt .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... second engineer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ronald Eng .... sound effects editor (as Ron Eng)
Ronald Eng .... supervising sound editor (as Ron Eng)
Mary Erstad .... foley recordist
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Patrick Giraudi .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
David Lynch .... sound designer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as Diana Marshall)
John Neff .... re-recording mixer
Howard Neiman .... foley editor (as Howard Nieman)
Howard Neiman .... foley supervisor (as Howard Nieman)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley recordist
Susumu Tokunow .... location sound mixer
Special Effects by
Gary D'Amico .... special effects
Mike Weesner .... assistant special effects
Rudy J. Calzavara .... stunt double (as Rudy Calzavara)
James Fierro .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Fierro)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Camera and Electrical Department
Amy Alarian .... electrical lighting technician
Richard Alarian .... chief lighting technician
Kevin Boyd .... 24 frame video operator (as Kevin P. Boyd)
Keith Bunting .... best boy grip
Ron Burchfield .... grip
Brendan David Butler .... aerial first assistant camera
David L. Butler .... aerial director of photography (as David Butler)
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Michael Fedack .... dolly grip
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Edgar Martin .... grip
Bill McConnell Jr. .... second assistant camera
William McConnell .... first assistant camera (as Bill McConnell Sr.)
Steven R. Morales .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Steve Morales)
David B. Nowell .... aerial director of photography (as David Nowell)
Scott Andrew Ressler .... assistant camera: "b" camera (as Scott Ressler)
Eric Ritter .... grip
Kathryn Roberts .... camera loader (as Kathryn Mueller)
Joshua E. Smith .... electrical lighting technician (as Josh Smith)
Scott Smith .... aerial first assistant camera
Wilson Webb .... electrical lighting technician
Michael Hoffer .... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nancy Briggs .... casting associate
Catherine Head .... casting associate
Vicki Jo Hertz .... extras casting assistant (as Vicki Hertz)
Sarah Jane Hill .... casting associate
Joan Philo .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Lichtman .... set costumer
W.T. Zacha .... costume supervisor (as William T. Zacha)
Editorial Department
Angela Barton .... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Mato .... color timer (as Mato Der Avanessian)
Hugh Ross .... apprentice editor
Hilary Schroeder .... first assistant editor
Tim Wilson .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Mark Har .... assistant location manager
Bob Medcraft .... location manager
Andrew Peterson .... assistant location manager
Becky Whitehorse .... location assistant
Music Department
Angelo Badalamenti .... conductor
Angelo Badalamenti .... orchestrator
Smokey Hormel .... musician (as Gregory 'Smokey' Hormel)
John Neff .... score engineer
Walter Spencer .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Pedro Amaya .... driver
Calvin Chin .... transportation captain
Richard Deangelo .... transportation coordinator (as Richard De Angelo)
Floyd Erwin .... driver
George Gowing .... driver
Joni Dee Gowing .... driver
Roy Hancock .... driver
Gracie Klein .... driver
Paul Klein .... driver
Dick McCartney .... driver
Dennis McNamara .... driver
Jerry Meyers .... driver
'D.C.' Ressetar .... driver
Billy Scoles .... driver
Nick Swiatek .... driver
Paul Vecchio .... driver
Mickey Vendafreddo Jr. .... driver
Bruce Ventura .... driver
Ron Wilson .... driver
Gary Zarris .... driver
Other crew
Kent Abbott .... set production assistant
Giovanni Arcangeli .... intern
Chamonix Bosch .... set production assistant
Anita Brongiel .... production secretary
Alexander Bulkley .... set production assistant
Mary Lu Cerny .... assistant: Richard Farnsworth
John T. Churchill .... on-set assistant: David Lynch (as John Churchill)
Sean Coffey .... office production assistant: Asymmetrical Productions
Lisa DiQuollo .... catering assistant (as Lisa Di Quollo)
Michael F. Dunn .... assistant caterer (as Mike Dunn)
Ralph Feldhacker .... stand-in
Geri Paige Filister .... production assistant
Will Gatlin .... craft service
Cheryl Gibson .... assistant accountant
Tony Halsrud .... set medic
Joe Hanna .... chef
Anne Johns .... production coordinator
Brian Justus .... stand-in
Kristi Lake .... post-production accountant
Nancy Lampe .... stand-in
Ann Luster .... assistant: Michael Polaire
Patti Marshall .... payroll accountant
Julia McFerrin .... production assistant
Hitomi Nakase .... office production assistant: Asymmetrical Productions
Cheryl Nelson .... production counsel
David Oberholtzer .... assistant caterer
Gaye Pope .... executive assistant: David Lynch
Gaye Pope .... unit publicist
Luis Racer Rangel .... set production assistant
Peggy Rosson .... production accountant
Richard Schwartz .... assistant: Mary Sweeney
Jules Stewart .... script supervisor (as Jules M. Stewart)
Mark Togni .... key set production assistant
John N. Ward .... assistant production coordinator
John Wentworth .... dailies viewer
John David Wolfe .... production assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (as Bobby 'Z' Zajonc)
Bill Chaffee .... special thanks
Darlene Chaffee .... special thanks
Scott Klug .... special thanks
Carla Rear .... special thanks
Dennis Rear .... special thanks
Alvin Straight .... in memory of
Crew verified as complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Québec) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Germany:0 | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:A | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Russia:0+ | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U | USA:G (certificate #36683)
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Did You Know?

The movie is based on a true story. The real Alvin Straight lived 1920-1996, living three further years after he took the journey.See more »
Errors in geography: Alvin is shown crossing the Mississippi River at Lansing heading westward (into Iowa), instead of eastward into Wisconsin.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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195 out of 214 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful film for thoughtful viewers., 25 November 2004
Author: Michael O'Neill from Boulder, Colorado USA

Perhaps more than many films, this one is not for everyone. For some folks the idea of slowing down, reflecting and allowing things to happen in their own time is a good description of their personal hell. For others an approach like this speaks to some deep part of themselves they know exists, some part they long for contact with.

I suppose it's a function of where I am in my own life these days, but I count myself in the camp of the latter group. I found the meditative pace of this film almost hypnotic, gently guiding me into some realm almost mythological. This is indeed a journey story, a rich portrayal of the distance many of us must travel if we are to come full circle at the end of our days.

Much as been written of Mr Farnsworth's presentation of Alvin Straight, though I'm not sure there are words to express the exquisite balance of bemused sadness and wise innocence he conjured for us. Knowing now that he was indeed coming to terms with his own mortality as he sat on that tractor seat makes me wish I had had the opportunity to spend time with him before his departure. I hope he had a small glimmer of the satisfaction and truth he had brought to so many people, not just for "acting" but for sharing his absolute humanity with such brutal honesty.

Given the realities of production economics, I'm not sure full credit has been given Mr Lynch for the courage he showed in allowing the story to develop so slowly. An outsider to film production, I nonetheless understand there are few areas of modern life where the expression "time is money" is so accurately descriptive. Going deep into our hearts is not an adventure that can be rushed, and to his credit Mr Lynch seems to have understood that he was not simply telling a story--he was inviting his viewers to spend some time with their own mortality. No simple task, that.

If you'd like to experience the power of film to take introduce you to some precious part of yourself, you could do worse than spending a couple of hours with The Straight Story. And then giving yourself some time for the next little while simply listening to its echoes in the small hours of the night.

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