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The Truman Show (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 5 June 1998 (USA)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Truman Burbank
... Meryl Burbank / Hannah Gill
... Marlon
... Lauren / Sylvia
... Truman's Mother
... Truman's Father
... Young Truman
... Lawrence
Heidi Schanz ... Vivien
Ron Taylor ... Ron
Don Taylor ... Don
... Spencer
... Travel Agent
Fritz Dominique ... Truman's Neighbor
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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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Peter Weir has said that the film was based on Michael Jackson, whose life was also turned into a show for the world. See more »

Goofs

In most of the interior shots of Truman's car, the Ford Taurus has manual air conditioning. However, as he parks up outside his office, the close-up on the radio shows a model with electronic climate control. See more »

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


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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Ambitious and Entertaining Treatise on the Reality Media Creates for Us

It's not often a Hollywood film arrives with such lofty ambitions as this. On one hand this is a high concept comedy in the vein of "Groundhog Day" about an unwitting man whose entire life has been a TV show. This is also a Jim Carrey vehicle designed to display his charms. On the other hand this a very satirical look at the way the media manipulates our reality. The film also wants to take a philosophical look at free will vs. a higher power and reality vs. fantasy. It doesn't always work as the satire often keeps you from thinking too deeply about the underlying themes and the philosophical stuff keeps the satire from biting as well as it could. Credit engaging performances and solid and thoughtful direction from Weir for keeping things afloat and entertaining. There are some great cinematic moments here. I loved the "stolen kiss on the beach at night" and "Cue the sun!"

In the end this film is closer in spirit to psychological dramas and sci-fi movies where a person suddenly realizes they are the pawn in some grand experiment or a prisoner in an alien world than it is to anything in our current "reality TV" obsessed culture. Eventually it touches on a very basic conflict all humans must face (most people do so in childhood, some I fear never do). The universe does not revolve around us. In the closing moments we are excited for Truman because he finally realizes there is a whole new world out there to explore, but also slightly saddened because we know all to well that he will never be able to return to that idyllic "childhood" existence. How's it going to end? Who knows...but things will never be the same.


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