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The Truman Show (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 5 June 1998 (USA)
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An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writer:

Andrew Niccol
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Truman Burbank
Laura Linney ... Meryl Burbank / Hannah Gill
Noah Emmerich ... Marlon
Natascha McElhone ... Lauren / Sylvia
Holland Taylor ... Truman's Mother
Brian Delate ... Truman's Father
Blair Slater ... Young Truman
Peter Krause ... Lawrence
Heidi Schanz Heidi Schanz ... Vivien
Ron Taylor Ron Taylor ... Ron
Don Taylor Don Taylor ... Don
Ted Raymond ... Spencer
Judy Clayton ... Travel Agent
Fritz Dominique Fritz Dominique ... Truman's Neighbor
Angel Schmiedt Angel Schmiedt ... Truman's Neighbor
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Storyline

In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything. Will he react? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,542,121, 7 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,618,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$264,118,201
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to make it feel more like a television show. Only the original DVD is in this aspect ratio. The theatrical cut was cropped to 1.85:1 and the Blu-ray release to 1.78:1. See more »

Goofs

When Marlon is restocking the candy bars in one of the vending machines, he works on filling up one of the rows. The scene switches to Truman talking with Marlon, and when the scene switches back to the vending machine, the row that Marlon had filled in is empty. However, earlier in that scene Marlon can be seen removing two candy bars when Truman is not looking, then stocking them back into the machine. It is obvious Marlon is just acting busy by moving candy bars back and forth, thus killing time and keeping Truman stationary so the important discussion can unfold on camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christof: We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are for the "real" Truman Show, with lines like "starring Truman Burbank as himself" and "created and directed by Christof". See more »

Alternate Versions

A lot more pseudo-documentary footage on the making of the fictional Truman Show was shot but not used in the theatrical version. Only some short segments have been included in the released film, in the pre-credits sequence. Segments of this outtake footage, featuring Meryl Burbank and Marlon being interviewed and talking about their roles on the show and their personal lives, have been included in some airline versions, presumably to pad the running times. See more »

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Referenced in Southland: Wednesday (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Opening
Written and Performed by Philip Glass
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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24 August 1999 | by bax-2See all my reviews

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is the most famous man in the world, and he doesn't even know it. Raised entirely 'within' a television show which comprises his entire world, Truman is an Everyman for the post-television age. Truman's world, "Seahaven", is an Eisenhower-era model of American bliss, recalling the prison-like Port Meirion and the moral certainty of Bedford Falls (Its a Wonderful Life). Surreptitiously filmed around the clock by 5000 hidden cameras, the show exists inside an enormous geodesic dome with simulated weather and even its own ocean. Through a series of production blunders Truman slowly realises that he is being controlled and that perhaps all in his world is not as it seems. His surrogate father by proxy, 'Christof' the producer/director, goes from being benevolent social scientist to evil genius as his attempts to frustrate Truman's wanderlust become more and more deadly. Will he escape?

The film raises some interesting points about our fascination with life as seen through the magnifying lens of tv, and the morality of real lives viewed as so much entertainment. But like most soaps the scenes from "The Truman Show" that appear within the movie are variously dull, mawkish and sentimental. At points the film has a problem deciding on whether it is going to be a straight escape-chase movie or a philosophical piece about morality and technology. The t.v. show's inherent blandess also lends little to the pace or our sense that there are characters worth caring about.

Carrey is good. This in itself is gratifying, and a tribute to a script that walks the tightrope of imitating bad t.v. in tandem with the metaphysical angst of Truman's unique situation. If it isn't quite the film it could have been, The Truman Show is still pretty much unique in the recent crop from our cultural overlords in Hollywood. No arthouse here, this is a watchable, big-budget think piece, with well-executed and stylish direction. Its too early to say but this film may have given some execs at NBC, ABC et al. one very bad idea...


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