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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.

Director:

David Byrne
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Byrne ... Narrator / Lip-Syncher / Talking Heads singer
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
Swoosie Kurtz ... Miss Rollings
Freeman Beatty Freeman Beatty ... Lip-Syncher
Evelyn Box Evelyn Box ... Hey Now Kid
Kevin Box Kevin Box ... Hey Now Kid
Amy Buffington Amy Buffington ... Linda Culver
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Storyline

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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A Completely Cool, Multi-Purpose Movie. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alithines istories See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,545,142
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the mall tabloid-reading scene, on the rack there is a Money Magazine whose cover identifies it as the October 1985 issue. See more »

Goofs

The movie supposedly takes place in the town of Virgil, Texas. However, in one scene where little children in 4-H shirts are dancing in a field, a water tower is briefly visible in the background that clearly says "RED OAK". See more »

Quotes

Narrator: I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.
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Crazy Credits

1. Two columns of rolling credits run at different speeds. Left faster than right, then right faster than left. See more »

Alternate Versions

The talent show acts were longer in the original, unreleased version. See more »

Connections

Featured in 1987 MTV Video Music Awards (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Now
Written by David Byrne
Produced by Talking Heads
Performed by Talking Heads and the St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School Chorus
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People Like Us. Do You Know Who You Are? You're All The Dream Operators.
21 July 2010 | by johnstonjamesSee all my reviews

do you know who you are. you're the dream operators. so stop f--king with other people's dream and dream your dream. it's not always what your conscious mind supposes, so, be prepared.

the film? oh it's just another one of those all-American masterpieces all about a place that is really like no where else in the world. good or bad. this is a film America should be proud of. it makes us look good. it makes us all seem a little unconscious and dreamy, but hey, everyone seems happy and friendly. especially Lewis "the bear", he seems friendly and happy. he just needs to find that certain someone to feel complete with.

who wants freedom? who wants justice? who really does care when you can just have someone to love. meow meow meow meow.


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