The Straight Story

1999, Drama, 1h 51m

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With strong performances and director David Lynch at the helm, The Straight Story steers past sentimental byways on its ambling journey across the American heartland. Read critic reviews

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A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Cast & Crew

Richard Farnsworth
Alvin Straight
Sissy Spacek
Rose 'Rosie' Straight
Jane Galloway Heitz
Dorothy, Straight's Next-Door Neighbor
Everett McGill
Tom the John Deere Dealer
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes
Brenda, the Grocery Clerk
John Farley
Thorvald Olsen, Tractor Mechanic
Harry Dean Stanton
Lyle Straight, Alvin's Brother
Pierre Edelman
Executive Producer
Michael Polaire
Executive Producer
Angelo Badalamenti
Original Music
Fred Francis
Cinematographer
Mary Sweeney
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