The Straight Story (1999)
From director David Lynch comes a lyrical portrait of one man's real journey across America's Heartland. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, "the Straight story" chronicles Alvin's patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his '66 John Deere, Alvin encounters a number of strangers, from a teenage runaway to a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life's earned wisdom with simple stories, Alvin has a profound impact on these characters that color his pilgrimage. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Straight Story
Another pleasant surprise.
A beguiling piece of Americana.
David Lynch shifts gears in this lyrical miracle of a film about a man and his John Deere riding mower.
The screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth.
Is The Straight Story one of my favorite Lynch films? Hard to say. Is it one of his most meticulously, and perfectly constructed? Well, I just can't disagree on that one.
Mainstream-accessible yet completely maintains Lynch's uniquely off-kilter artistic identity.
One could say that The Straight Story is a twilight Western on the order of Unforgiven, except that the pale rider here mounts a snail-paced John Deere instead of a stallion.
I don't know how much is 'based on a true story,' but deeper truth about life, love, and forgiveness rings out loud and clear.
Director David Lynch's American odyssey is a masterwork of quiet poetry.
Lynch has no intention of trying to explain what makes Alvin tick or of understanding him in any reductionistic way; of reducing a man to a motivation.
The story seems to reveal itself naturally, like a flower bud opening up.
Marvels abound in this honest and engaging film about real people from the heartland of America.
Richard Farnsworth brilliantly embodies a man who combines cantankerousness, tenacity and wisdom.
Audience Reviews for The Straight Story
An unusually straightforward and delicate film by David Lynch that calls for a bit of patience from the viewer but proves to be extremely moving and more than rewarding - and Richard Farnsworth is just wonderful, a world of emotions conveyed in every detail of his face and expression.More
A David Lynch movie without murder, switched personalities, inner monologues or even the slightest hint of cynicism? Unbelievable? Indeed. And yet that's exactly what he delivered here with the heart-warming story of an old man traveling 500 miles on a lawnmower to see his ill brother. Of course the film is as slow as that sounds, but still so refreshingly kind-hearted, sweet and entertaining. Alvin Straight, incredibly convincing and lovably portrayed by the late Richard Farnsworth, meets people on the road and shares his experience with them. It is his face that stays with you long after the film, as well as the beautiful images of the fields he travels along, while the fiddles hum their Americana sounds. A beautiful, rewarding and deeply humane feel-good story that deserves all the praise it got.More
A moving and interesting Lynch's film, a portrait about family, love and forgiven. An odyssey with rare characters and nice stories. The Straight Story could be a slow, strange (because doesn't present the characterist of a David Lynch film) and sentimental, but it's a good picture to watch.More
This surprise G-rated, heartwarming family film from director David Lynch stands up to any of his surreal masterpieces. Amazing performances from Farnsworth and Sissy Spaceck and great supporting roles (including a good scene with Twin Peaks star Everett McGill). Also a uncharacteristic but outstanding score from Angelo Badelamenti.More
The Straight Story Quotes
- Did you ride that thing all the way out here to see me?
- Alvin Straight:
- I did, Lyle.
- Alvin Straight:
- There's no one knows your life better than a brother that's near your age. He knows who you are and what you are better than anyone on earth. My brother and I said some unforgivable things the last time we met, but, I'm trying to put that behind me... and this trip is a hard swallow of my pride. I just hope I'm not too late... a brother's a brother.
- Alvin Straight:
- 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.'
- What's the number for 911?
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