The Straight Story Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 694

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 110

Theatrical Release Date: 10/15/1999

Language: English

Genre: Adventure, Biography

MPAA Rating: G

Director: David Lynch

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

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

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Rating of
3.5/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/19/2019

The pacing may be a little off, but this Midwestern American odyssey from iconic surrealist David Lynch (of all people) is memorable and tender.

Rating of
2/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/23/2012

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.

Rating of
3/4

dukeakasmudge - wrote on 10/14/2011

Good movie from beginning to end

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Rating of
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/05/2012

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... …

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Rating of
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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/29/2012

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; …

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