The Straight Story

Critics Consensus

Slow-paced but heart-warming.

96%

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Total Count: 91
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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.

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Cast

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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