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David Lynch


Richard Farnsworth
Sissy Spacek
Joseph A. Carpenter
Jane Galloway Heitz
Joseph A. Carpenter
Donald Wiegert





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An old man takes a trek across the country on a lawn mower to visit his dying brother.

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David Lynch's trademark surrealism gets abandoned for a very straight forward story about an old man driving his lawnmower across the U.S. This is somewhat like Forrest Gump at quarter speed and often goes by very, very slowly. I would have liked to see more of Sissy Spacek's character, but the bulk of the movie bored me.

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Good movie from beginning to end

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Alex 01/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a very un David Lynch type movie, so that?s why some may either like it or hate it. It is a little slow at times, and I have difficulty feeling for the old man. His character is not all that well developed before he goes on his way. The one thing that saves this movie is that it is based on a true story.

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11/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A story of Alvin Straight who sacrifices his time and money to visit an ailing brother. Personally, this rater can relate to the experience of Alvin, who had a falling out with a brother. Breathtaking cinematography, endearing score, skillful direction and a sincere/touching performance from Richard Farnsworth. Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) is a World War II veteran who would like to see his brother in Wisconsin. He will travel alone on a Lawn tractor with food and a travel trailer. Splendid screenplay with lines from Alvin - "...still at my age I've seen about all that life has to dish out. I know to separate the wheat from the chaff, and let the small stuff fall away." and " My brother and I said some unforgivable things the last time we met, but, I'm trying to put that behind me... a...

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"The Straight Story" by Yojimbo

David Lynch directs the true story of Alvin Straight, a man too elderly and infirm to drive who rode his sit on lawnmower across hundreds of miles to visit his estranged brother after a stroke. I must admit that this type of "inspirational" true life human drama is the kind of thing that I find about as appealing as a strangulated hernia, and if Lynch had not been directing I would have given it a wide berth. I'm glad i didn't. It's the moving tale of a man coming to terms with old age and his own mortality and allowing the things he has come to realise are unimportant to just slip away from his life. It's full of rich, beautiful imagery, accompanied by a haunting and understated soundtrack and Richard Farnsworth is superb as Straight, a man not shown as some all knowing lifestyle guru; j...

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