The Straight Story

The Straight Story

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Based on a true story about 73-year-old Alvin Straight who embarks on a dangerous and emotional journey to make amends with his 75-year-old brother Lyle before his brother dies. Alvin can no longer drive a car because of his eyesight and has to walk with 2 canes, but he climbs aboard his 1966 John Deere lawnmower and drives the 260-mile course from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wis.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Video : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [date of publication not identified]
ISBN: 9780788823336
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Straight story (Motion picture)


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Dec 12, 2017

So, David Lynch made a kid-friendly (sort of) Hallmark movie about a man who is determined to stare down his own mortality. As the title implies, the plot is straightforward, unlike most of the director's work. I was kind of shocked that Disney distributed this internationally-produced artsy effort, as the company doesn't seem to have much time for the rugged realism The Straight Story has to offer. Great cinematography and a great score by Angelo Badalamenti, and all the bleak beauty that this Lynch fan has come to expect.

Oct 28, 2017

This is one of my all time favs. David Lynch's direction is incredible. The acting performances are all stellar, especially Sissy Spacek and Richard Farnsworth. The cinematography and score are outstanding. The message is as relevant today as it was in 1999, when this movie was released. An amazing true story that was done justice by the film's cast and crew. Everyone should see this movie.

Mar 15, 2016

I have watched all of David Lynch's films many times and this is definitely his most heart warming. It does have elements of the uncanny and surrealist humor as well but these are much more subtle than in his other films. The photography in this film is beautiful and you can really see Lynch's painterly and poetic instincts expressed in long slow shots of Midwestern wheat fields and starry skies. The acting and writing are also excellent. This is one of my favorite all time films.

Feb 09, 2016

I really enjoyed this movie. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. It's wonderful to see how this man imparted kindness and much needed wisdom to everyone he meets on his journey to find his brother. Sissy Spacek did a wonderful job playing a character who had suffered great loss in her life that led to a disability. I was glad they allowed the viewer a glimpse into her past to understand her current situation. Great acting from both Farnsworth and Spacek.

Dec 17, 2015

Really good movie about an old guy. Loved it.

Jun 16, 2015

A feel good type movie. I thought it had some really funny moments in it. If you want a good family movie to watch then try this one.

Marinetti May 06, 2015

An ironic title given that the film is directed by one of the weirdest directors Hollywood has ever seen ( it's also the name of the titular character ). Although this is seen by many as Lynch's most straightforward film, it actually is very strange AND heartfelt at the same time.

Mar 19, 2015

This is simply an amazing movie, based on a true story. Don't expect a lot of action, but the acting and depth of human relationships and drama are very moving. One of my favorite movies, it showed me that David Lynch is really a talented filmmaker -taking a strange story line and weaving a complex and engaging story.

Dec 05, 2014


Apr 09, 2014

I enjoyed the acting of Richard Farnsworth who it is hard to imagine ever being young, the male bonding was also cool to watch. Coming from a rather fractured family, I could not relate to the family sticks together forever feeling or story. Sissy Spacek does a good job of playing the daughter although I felt it should be clearer why she was disabled. My one gripe is that this movie acts like a VHS tape and I was unable to locate particular scenes or fast forward to what I already watched. That was extremely frustrating and time consuming.

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