The Straight Story (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Straight Story (1999)



Critic Consensus: Slow-paced but heart-warming.

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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
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: John Roach, Mary Sweeney, John F. Roach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2000
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Richard Farnsworth
as Alvin Straight
Harry Dean Stanton
as Lyle Straight
Sissy Spacek
as Rose Straight
Everett McGill
as Tom The Dealer
John Farley
as Thorvald Olsen
Kevin P. Farley
as Harold Olsen
Jane Heitz
as Dorothy
Don Flannery
as Doctor Gibbons
Gil Pearson
as Bus Driver
Wylie Harker
as Verlyn Heller
James Cada
as Danny Riordon
Sally Wingert
as Darla Riordon
Barbara Kingsley
as Janet Johnson
Jim Haun
as Johnny Johnson
Randy Wiedenhoff
as Fireman No. 1
Jerry E. Anderson
as Fireman No. 2
Russ Reed
as Mr. Zion Bartender
Ralph Feldhacker
as Farmer on Tractor
Garett Sweeney
as Boy in Truck
Peter Sweeney
as Boy in Truck
Tommy Fahey
as Boy in Truck
Matt Fahey
as Boy in Truck
Dan Fahey
as Boy in Truck
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Critic Reviews for The Straight Story

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (31)

Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
Top Critic

Another pleasant surprise.

May 11, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Lynch and legendary cinematographer Freddie Francis have crafted a hauntingly lovely mise-en-scčne.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

One of the most delicately poignant road pictures ever made in this country.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Spacek does some of her best work.

January 1, 2000
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

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.

Carlos Magalhćes

Super Reviewer

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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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