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The Straight Story (1999)

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

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David Lynch
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Rose
Jane Galloway Heitz Jane Galloway Heitz ... Dorothy
Joseph A. Carpenter Joseph A. Carpenter ... Bud
Donald Wiegert Donald Wiegert ... Sig
Richard Farnsworth ... Alvin
Tracey Maloney Tracey Maloney ... Nurse
Dan Flannery ... Doctor Gibbons
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes Jennifer Edwards-Hughes ... Brenda
Ed Grennan Ed Grennan ... Pete
Jack Walsh Jack Walsh ... Apple
Max the Wonder Dog Max the Wonder Dog ... Farm Dog
Gil Pearson Gil Pearson ... Bus Driver
Barbara June Patterson Barbara June Patterson ... Woman on Bus
Everett McGill ... Tom the John Deere Dealer
Anastasia Webb Anastasia Webb ... Crystal
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Storyline

"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. Written by Christian Sandberg

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Straight Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,312, 17 October 1999

Gross USA:

$6,203,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,416,325
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Farnsworth was terminally ill with bone cancer during the shooting of the film, which had caused the paralysis of his legs as shown in the film. He actually took the role out of admiration for Alvin Straight, and astonished his co-workers with his tenacity during production. Because of the pain of his disease, Farnsworth committed suicide the following year, at the age of 80. See more »

Goofs

In New Hampton (at the junction of US 18 and US 63), Alvin crosses West Hale Street before he approaches it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dorothy: Hi Rose.
Rose 'Rosie' Straight: Hi Dorothy.
Alvin Straight: [can be heard collapsing inside his house]
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Crazy Credits

Walt Disney Pictures Presents: A film by David Lynch See more »

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Referenced in Revenge of the Sith Review (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Solo Spin Out
Written and Performed by The Radio Ranch Straight Shooters
By Arrangement with Roger and Julie Music
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User Reviews

 
Great story
10 June 2003 | by ThiMoNSee all my reviews

This is not a movie for fans of the usual eerie Lynch stuff. Rather, it's for those who either appreciate a good story, or have grown tired of the run-of-the-mill stuff with overt sentimentalism and Oprah-ish "This is such a wonderful movie! You must see it!"-semantics (tho' she IS right, for once!).

The story unfolds flawlessly, and we are taken along a journey that, I believe, most of us will come to recognize at some time. A compassionate, existentialist journey where we make amends för our past when approaching ourt inevitable demise.

Acting is without faults, cinematography likewise (occasionally quite brilliant!), and the dialogue leaves out just enough for the viewer to grasp the details od the story.

A warm movie. Not excessively sentimental.


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