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

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the commercials seen before and during the Love for Sale musical number were genuine TV ads of the day, including Victor Kiam's famous Remington shaver ad with its slogan "I liked it so much, I bought the company!" According to David Byrne, many of the characters in this film were inspired by actual supermarket tabloid stories. See more »

Goofs

As the narrator is walking through the mall, we see Waldenbooks more than once. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Look at this. Who can say it isn't beautiful? Sky, bricks. Who do you think lives there? Four-car garage. Hope, fear, excitement, satisfaction.
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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 talent show acts were longer in the original, unreleased version. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Ze Pereira
Written by David Byrne
Produced by Talking Heads
Performed by Banda Eclipse
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Go south
2 February 2006 | by rosebud-karlstadSee all my reviews

This movie made me a different person, to watch David Byrne was a heartwarming experience. Sometimes it's a slow moving picture but it picks up the pace in just the right time to make you feel involved in the characters. To put it frank - this was a mind blowing experience. Some people may come to the conclusion that this is just a simple movie about simple people - and these people are right. But my dear friends, ask yourselves; how often do you see that - once in a lifetime! The reason that I haven't said anything concrete about the movie is that it's a picture in the same class as Lost Highway, try to say something about that movie, it's not easy, see it and become a better human being.


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