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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.

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David Byrne
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Cast

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 Capucine De Wulf ... The Little Girl on the Road (as Capucine DeWulf)
Cynthia Gould Cynthia Gould ... Factory Girl #1
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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

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PG | See all certifications »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,545,142
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In between takes of the talent show sequence in which Louis sings "People Like Us", a crew member was delighting others with his adaptation, "Teamsters Like Us". See more »

Goofs

Disappearing reappearing rearview mirror in the red convertible. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: I have something to say about the difference between American and European cities. But I've forgotten what it is. I have it written down at home somewhere.
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Crazy Credits

2. Displayed at very end of credits, below the disclaimer: "IF YOU CAN THINK OF IT, IT EXISTS SOMEWHERE" See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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

Soundtracks

Road Song Source Bookends
Written by Meredith Monk
Produced by Gary Kurfirst and David Byrne
Performed by Capucine De Wulf
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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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