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The Truman Show (1998)

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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television 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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The Story Of A Lifetime See more »

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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:

Truman Show See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Truman's birthday is January 29th See more »

Goofs

When Truman makes Marlon leave work after stocking the vending machine there is no box full of candy. When Marlon was stocking we clearly saw the box, but there is no box when we see the aerial shot as they leave. See more »

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[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

In the end credits, the cast is divided between Truman's World, Christof's World and The Viewers 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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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 11: Second Movement: 'Romance - Larghetto'
by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Artur Rubinstein
Conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Courtesy of BMG Classics/RCA Victor
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The most multidimensional movie ever !!!!!!
19 November 2011 | by drpavlovic1411See all my reviews

It not so easy to be Jim Carrey, because nobody takes you seriously after many funny movies, even when he is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. He proved himself so many times in dramas, he is so great actor.

This time, there is no grade for the script, 10 is too low, maybe 10++ would suffice. I must agree that in everything around us we can see only what we are capable to see, but this movie gives so many levels and many people would see it differently and ALL WILL BE THRILLED by this movie.

People who are interested in the phenomenon of 'Big Brother',a kind of TV voyeurism (so present today) will see the ultimate human desire to observe somebody's life, from its beginning, and without consent of the person which is the object of that observing. There is nothing special in this man who is watched, but we like to have mirrors of our lives in other people (who knows why).

Of course, the next layer is ethical: do we have the right to watch somebody's life, because we don't talk about a rat, but a human being who doesn't know that he is watched in a TV show.

If we go further, we must ask ourselves, what is real in our life? There is is always some possibility that we are observed, directed, guided, monitored..., by somebody and our life is not so authentic as we used to think.

Next layer: this movie talks about freedom and personal choice. How we want to be free, no matter what are the other alternatives are. Free to love who we want, free to go, free as much as it is possible. Of course, if we want to be free, if our mind and society stop us.

FINALLY... The most interesting level is the spiritual one.This is a guidebook of the spiritual path. At first, this world is so secure and predictable place. We have our little lives and we can define everything what is important for us, to have some simplification of reality, to feel safe. This kind of ordinary life is a bit boring, but we are in a herd, we are not alone in our dungeon.

But..., at some moment, this world is maybe not what we thought it is..., maybe we want more of our lives,and the world is not so simple and ordinary place. We feel that there is something BEHIND this so- called 'reality'. And we start to search, to test that reality, which gives us more and more 'magic' things as we go deeper. This is still a stage of curiosity, many people tasted this path and feeling, but at some superficial level.

If we go further, we must fight the world. All possible obstacles will arise, people and circumstances. When Truman wants to see reality what it is, to be free, all his 'friends' and the complete crew don't let him to go our the ordinary tracks. So alike the spiritual quest.

Then, the moment has come, men must be separated from boys, that is, the curious people from the real seekers. The latter are ready to give even their lives, to 'waste' their time, to face their worst fears, to be 'hunted' by the society (which wants they to be 'normal' again)..., but a true spiritual person won't give up. The same as Truman ('you'l have to kill me!!!!!!!'), the quest is the real one only if we are totally determined to follow our inner feeling and to search the truth.

AT LAST..., we hit the 'border' of the world, the frontiers of the reality, we get know what this world really is. We are free to talk with our 'God' (though I think it is the final trick of our ego, to bring us back to be 'normal' again and it plays so many games to pull us back, by saying that there is nothing out there, everything is the same, and it is better in realm of ILLUSION).

Only a real spiritual person will say 'thanks' for the offer, and go to freedom, no matter what it is, but it is OUR freedom, our insight, the world won't be the same anymore.

It is such a pity that this is a kind of review, that I can't make a spoiler, to give more details, to relate the scenes from the movie and my points. But when you see it, you'll know what I am talking about.

Again, you'll see what you are able to see, the movie will be deep in degree of your ability to open your mind. This scenario can't be beaten even by movies like Gandhi or Mozart, or any other. An excellent work of Andrew Niccol.


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