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Thumbnail for The Straight Story (1999) The Straight Story (1999)

Basics Critics:83Rusty:76
Category: Action/Adventure, Bio/History, DramaNotable as: Drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: film score, drama film, biographical film, adventure filmMain subject: old ageNarrative location: WisconsinRuntime: 108 - 112 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: France, United Kingdom, United StatesDirector: David LynchScreenwriter: Mary Sweeney, John E. RoachMusic: Angelo BadalamentiCinematography: Freddie FrancisStars: Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Richard Farnsworth, Dan Flannery, Jennifer Edwards-Hughes, Ed Grennan Producer: Mary Sweeney, Neal EdelsteinStudio: Film4 Productions, StudioCanal, Walt Disney Pictures, Les Films Alain Sarde, Picture FactoryAwards won: European Film Award for Best Non-European Film (David Lynch)
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (Richard Farnsworth)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
European Film Award for Best Non-European Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Straight Story is a 1999 biographical drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was edited and produced by Mary Sweeney, Lynch's longtime partner and co-worker. She co-wrote the script with John E. Roach. The film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight's 1994 journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower. Alvin is an elderly World War II veteran who lives with his daughter Rose, a kind woman with a mental disability. When he hears that his estranged brother Lyle has suffered a stroke, Alvin makes up his mind to go visit him and hopefully make amends before he dies. Because Alvin's legs and eyes are too impaired for him to receive a driving license, he hitches a trailer to his recently purchased thirty-year-old John Deere 110 Lawn Tractor, having a maximum speed of about 5 miles per hour, and sets off on the 240 mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin. The film was a critical success and garnered audience acclaim, although the overall gross proved less than expected. Reviewers praised the intensity of the character performances, particularly the realistic dialogue which film critic Roger Ebert compared to the works of Ernest Hemingway.

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