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True Stories (1986)

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A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.


David Byrne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Louis Fyne
Annie McEnroe ... Kay Culver
Jo Harvey Allen ... The Lying Woman
Spalding Gray ... Earl Culver
Alix Elias ... The Cute Woman
Roebuck 'Pops' Staples Roebuck 'Pops' Staples ... Mr. Tucker
Tito Larriva ... Ramon (as Humberto 'Tito' Larriva)
John Ingle ... The Preacher
Matthew Posey ... The Computer Guy
David Byrne ... Narrator / Lip-Syncher
Swoosie Kurtz ... The Lazy Woman
Amy Buffington Amy Buffington ... Linda Culver
Richard Dowlearn Richard Dowlearn ... Larry Culver
Capucine De Wulf ... The Little Girl on the Road (as Capucine DeWulf)
Cynthia Gould Cynthia Gould ... Factory Girl #1


David Byrne of Talking Heads fame visits a typical (and fictional) Texas town, on the eve of the town's celebration of the state's sesquicentennial. He meets various colorful local characters, most notably Lewis Fyne, a big-hearted bachelor in search of matrimony. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@aol.com>

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"It's a completely cool, multi-purpose movie." See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Did You Know?


This is one of British comedienne Jo Brand's favorite films and was shown as part of her "Audience With" during the Borderlines film festival in the UK. See more »


The amount of asparagus changes repeatedly during the dinner party. See more »


Earl Culver: Welcome to our talent show under the stars. Before we begin, I want to just tell you a little story that I heard about Texas recently in a local tavern. It seems though God was working around the earth here, trying to make it beautiful just like the rest of the world. He had to knock off because it was nighttime. And He said, "I'll come back tomorrow and make it just as pretty as the rest of the world,with lakes and streams and mountains and trees." And He got back the next day, and saw that ...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. The title appears on white letters against a black screen. This is followed by a screen with the words "A film about a bunch of people from Virgil Texas." See more »

Alternate Versions

The current DVD available from Warner Bros. omits the precision lawn-cutting marching band seen at the beginning of the film. See more »


Referenced in Red Oaks: Summer in the City (2017) See more »


Dinner Music
Written and Produced by David Byrne
Performed by Kronos Quartet
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Great mix of rock movie, comedy and characters
23 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In the fictional Texas town of Virgil musician David Bryne arrives to make a documentary about the inhabitants. He meets a raft of characters at the same time as the town's `celebration of specialness'.

What is it? A documentary? A comedy? A rock film? It's not clear. However despite the unclear genre it still manages to be good – even if it's an unique film in terms of style. The comedy comes from both Bryne's and our bemused observation of the slightly kooky nature of small town life.

Bryne is a great narrator. He has a bemused quizzical air the whole time and many of his `to camera' lines are very funny if a little surreal. The characters themselves are almost worthy of Altman in terms of how quirky yet believable they are. Goodman is the best as the lonely ladies man looking for love. But other characters such as the lying lady (Allen) and the eccentric owner of the town (Spalding Gray).

If you don't like the music of David Bryne and the Talking Heads then you may dislike this as much of the second as it becomes mainly music and less Bryne. However it still manages to be funny. Overall this is much better than expected and fans of Bryne will simply love it.

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10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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