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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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Cast

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

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3 November 1999 (France)  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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The lawn mower Alvin rides is a John Deere, which is subtly hinted at during the scene in which he buys a John Deere lawn mower while surrounded by other John Deere machinery. See more »

Goofs

Alvin is shown crossing the Mississippi River at Lansing heading westward (into Iowa), instead of eastward into Wisconsin. 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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Soundtracks

Happy Times
Written by Sidney Fine (as S. Fine)
Performed by Jo Stafford
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Great story
10 June 2003 | by See 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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