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The Straight Story ()


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

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Jane Galloway Heitz ...
Dorothy
Joseph A. Carpenter ...
Bud
Donald Wiegert ...
Sig
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Alvin
Tracey Maloney ...
Nurse
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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
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Tom the John Deere Dealer
Anastasia Webb ...
Crystal
Matt Guidry ...
Steve
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Rat
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Deer Woman (as Barbara Robertson)
James Cada ...
Danny Riordan
Sally Wingert ...
Darla Riordan
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Janet Johnson
Jim Haun ...
Johnny Johnson
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Verlyn Heller
Randy Wiedenhoff ...
Fireman #1
Jerry E. Anderson ...
Fireman #2
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Harald (as Kevin Farley)
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Thorvald
John Lordan ...
Priest
Garrett Sweeney ...
Boy in Truck
Peter Sweeney ...
Boy in Truck
Tommy Fahey ...
Boy in Truck
Matt Fahey ...
Boy in Truck
Dan Fahey ...
Boy in Truck
Russ Reed ...
Mt. Zion Bartender
Leroy Swadley ...
Bar Patron
Ralph Feldhacker ...
Farmer on Tractor
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Lyle
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Stephen Cinabro ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Gary D'Amico ...
Cyclist #1 (uncredited)
George A. Farr ...
Wendell (uncredited)
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Andy (uncredited)
Lana Schwab ...
Old Lady #1 (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Lynch

Written by

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John Roach ... (written by) &
Mary Sweeney ... (written by)

Produced by

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Pierre Edelman ... executive producer
Neal Edelstein ... producer
Michael Polaire ... executive producer
Mary Sweeney ... producer

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Angelo Badalamenti

Cinematography by

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Freddie Francis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Mary Sweeney

Editorial Department

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Angela Barton ... second assistant editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Mato ... color timer (as Mato Der Avanessian)
Hugh Ross ... apprentice editor
Hilary Schroeder ... first assistant editor
Tim Wilson ... second assistant editor

Casting By

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Jane Alderman
Lynn Blumenthal

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Jack Fisk

Set Decoration by

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Barbara Haberecht

Costume Design by

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Patricia Norris

Makeup Department

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Crist Ballas ... special makeup effects
Deborah K. Dee ... hair stylist: Harry Dean Stanton (as Deborah Dee)
Bob Harper ... makeup artist: Sissy Spacek
Sally J. Harper ... hair stylist: Sissy Spacek (as Sally Harper)

Production Management

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Billy Higgins ... unit production manager
Spike Allison Hooper ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Scott Cameron ... first assistant director
Simone Farber ... second assistant director
Eric Sherman ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Johnny D. Culley ... assistant property master (as Johnny Culley)
Sean Everett ... property master (as Sean E. Markland)
David Hack ... lead man
Christopher Kennedy ... assistant art director (as Chris Kennedy)
Steven Kerlagon ... lead painter (as Steve Kerlagon)
Timothy W. Lobdell ... carpenter (as Tim Lobdell)
Shane Patrick ... swing gang
Thomas Traugott ... swing gang (as Tom Traugott)
David Wilt ... construction coordinator (as Dave Wilt)
Trini Wilt ... art department assistant

Sound Department

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Bryan Arenas ... second engineer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ronald Eng ... sound effects editor (as Ron Eng) / supervising sound editor (as Ron Eng)
Mary Erstad ... foley recordist
David Lee Fein ... foley artist (as David Fein)
Patrick Giraudi ... additional sound re-recording mixer
Doug Jackson ... sound effects editor
David Lynch ... sound designer
Diane Marshall ... foley artist (as Diana Marshall)
John Neff ... re-recording mixer
Howard Neiman ... foley editor (as Howard Nieman) / foley supervisor (as Howard Nieman)
Earl Sampson ... boom operator
Walter Spencer ... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar ... foley recordist
Susumu Tokunow ... location sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Gary D'Amico ... special effects
Mike Weesner ... assistant special effects

Stunts

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Rudy J. Calzavara ... stunt double (as Rudy Calzavara)
James Fierro ... stunt coordinator (as Jim Fierro)
Rick LeFevour ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Amy Alarian ... electrical lighting technician
Richard Alarian ... chief lighting technician
Kevin Boyd ... 24 frame video operator (as Kevin P. Boyd)
Keith Bunting ... best boy grip
Ron Burchfield ... grip
Brendan David Butler ... aerial first assistant camera
David L. Butler ... aerial director of photography (as David Butler)
Don Cerrone ... key grip
Michael Fedack ... dolly grip
Gordon Hayman ... camera operator
Edgar Martin ... grip
Bill McConnell Jr. ... second assistant camera
William McConnell ... first assistant camera (as Bill McConnell Sr.)
Steven R. Morales ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Steve Morales)
David B. Nowell ... aerial director of photography (as David Nowell)
Scott Andrew Ressler ... assistant camera: "b" camera (as Scott Ressler)
Eric Ritter ... grip
Kathryn Roberts ... camera loader (as Kathryn Mueller)
Joshua E. Smith ... electrical lighting technician (as Josh Smith)
Scott Smith ... aerial first assistant camera
Wilson Webb ... electrical lighting technician
Michael Hoffer ... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Nancy Briggs ... casting associate
Catherine Head ... casting associate
Vicki Jo Hertz ... extras casting assistant (as Vicki Hertz)
Sarah Jane Hill ... casting associate
Joan Philo ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Susan Lichtman ... set costumer
W.T. Zacha ... costume supervisor (as William T. Zacha)

Location Management

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Mark Har ... assistant location manager
Bob Medcraft ... location manager
Andrew Peterson ... assistant location manager
Becky Whitehorse ... location assistant

Music Department

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Angelo Badalamenti ... conductor / orchestrator
Smokey Hormel ... musician (as Gregory 'Smokey' Hormel)
John Neff ... score engineer
Walter Spencer ... music editor
Angelo Badalamenti ... score producer (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... music preparation (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Jules Stewart ... script supervisor (as Jules M. Stewart)

Transportation Department

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Pedro Amaya ... driver
Calvin Chin ... transportation captain
Richard Deangelo ... transportation coordinator (as Richard De Angelo)
Floyd Erwin ... driver
George Gowing ... driver
Joni Dee Gowing ... driver
Roy Hancock ... driver
Gracie Klein ... driver
Paul Klein ... driver
Dick McCartney ... driver
Dennis McNamara ... driver
Jerry Meyers ... driver
'D.C.' Ressetar ... driver
Billy Scoles ... driver
Nick Swiatek ... driver
Paul Vecchio ... driver
Mickey Vendafreddo Jr. ... driver
Bruce Ventura ... driver
Ron Wilson ... driver
Gary Zarris ... driver

Other crew

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Kent Abbott ... set production assistant
Giovanni Arcangeli ... intern
Chamonix Bosch ... set production assistant
Anita Brongiel ... production secretary
Alexander Bulkley ... set production assistant
Mary Lu Cerny ... assistant: Richard Farnsworth
John T. Churchill ... on-set assistant: David Lynch (as John Churchill)
Sean Coffey ... office production assistant: Asymmetrical Productions
Lisa DiQuollo ... catering assistant (as Lisa Di Quollo)
Michael F. Dunn ... assistant caterer (as Mike Dunn)
Ralph Feldhacker ... stand-in
Geri Paige Filister ... production assistant
Will Gatlin ... craft service
Cheryl Gibson ... assistant accountant
Tony Halsrud ... set medic
Joe Hanna ... chef
Anne Johns ... production coordinator
Brian Justus ... stand-in
Kristi Lake ... post-production accountant
Nancy Lampe ... stand-in
Ann Luster ... assistant: Michael Polaire
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Patti Marshall ... payroll accountant
Julia McFerrin ... production assistant
Hitomi Nakase ... office production assistant: Asymmetrical Productions
Cheryl Nelson ... production counsel
David Oberholtzer ... assistant caterer
Gaye Pope ... executive assistant: David Lynch / unit publicist
Luis Racer Rangel ... set production assistant
Peggy Rosson ... production accountant
Jonathan Rutter ... press: international
Richard Schwartz ... assistant: Mary Sweeney
Mark Togni ... key set production assistant
John N. Ward ... assistant production coordinator
John Wentworth ... dailies viewer
John David Wolfe ... production assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... helicopter pilot (as Bobby 'Z' Zajonc)

Thanks

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Bill Chaffee ... special thanks
Darlene Chaffee ... special thanks
Scott Klug ... special thanks
Carla Rear ... special thanks
Dennis Rear ... special thanks
Alvin Straight ... in memory of
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Plot Summary

"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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Also Known As
  • Une histoire vraie (France)
  • The Straight Story - Eine wahre Geschichte (Germany)
  • The Straight Story: Una historia verdadera (Spain)
  • Историята на Стрейт (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Стрејтова прича (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France FRF4,439,106, 11 Nov 1999

Did You Know?

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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 Alvin is shown crossing the Mississippi River at Lansing heading westward (into Iowa), instead of eastward into Wisconsin. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Instinct/The Loss of Sexual Innocence/Limbo (1999). See more »
Soundtracks The Most Requested Song See more »
Crazy Credits Walt Disney Pictures Presents: A film by David Lynch See more »
Quotes Alvin: I'd give each one of 'em a stick and, one for each one of 'em, then I'd say, 'You break that.' Course they could real easy. Then I'd say, 'Tie them sticks in a bundle and try to break that.' Course they couldn't. Then I'd say, "That bundle... that's family."
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