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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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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 »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,203,044
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a true story. The real Alvin Straight lived 1920-1996, living three further years after he took the journey. See more »

Goofs

While driving through West Bend, Iowa, Alvin is seen driving past the Grotto of the Redemption from right to left. This would be north to south, or following the jog in the highway, traveling east to west. 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

Special thanks to the Alvin Straight family See more »

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Featured in Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) See more »

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The Most Requested Song
(From Strange Tales of the Late West)
Written by Middlejohn & John Neff
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funny and bitter sweet
28 March 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

73-year-old Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) from Laurens, Iowa takes a tumble. His challenged daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek) is concerned. He won't let his doctor do tests. Then he receives word that his estrange brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) had a stroke. He is determined to go see his brother in Wisconsin. He can't drive and there's no bus. So he decides to modify his lawn mower for the long trip.

This is an interesting little indie. There are a lot of tiny oddities in this. First this is directed by David Lynch without any of his usual surreal touches. He is really gentle here letting Farnsworth do his acting. There are some quirky touches here and there. He puts in some beautiful music. Spacek makes an interesting choice with her stutter. She has a funny moment in the beginning. Alvin is an old self-reliant guy. He's charming in his old school ways. The story is funny and bitter sweet.


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