The Truman Show

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A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.

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He doesn't know it, but everything in Truman Burbank's (Jim Carrey) life is part of a massive TV set. Executive producer Christof (Ed Harris) orchestrates "The Truman Show," a live broadcast of Truman's every move captured by hidden cameras. Cristof tries to control Truman's mind, even removing his true love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), from the show and replacing her with Meryl (Laura Linney). As Truman gradually discovers the truth, however, he must decide whether to act on it.

Cast & Crew

Jim Carrey
Truman Burbank
Laura Linney
Meryl Burbank, Hannah Gill
Natascha McElhone
Lauren, Sylvia
Holland Taylor
Truman's Mother
Ed Harris
Christof
Brian Delate
Truman's Father
Paul Giamatti
Control Room Director
Philip Baker Hall
Network Executive
Andrew Niccol
Screenwriter
Lynn Pleshette
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Truman Show

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Audience Reviews for The Truman Show

  • May 30, 2016
    The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey in his prime as the titular character, Truman, whose life is a complete lie. Truman lives in an artificial world with actors and extras in the "world's largest set," and his life is recorded and broadcast worldwide 24 hours a day. While the premise is ridiculous, there's actually a lot of substance here. Carrey shines in the lead role as he discovers the lies of his life. The cinematography is brilliant as the viewer always knows when the movie is being viewed through a TV camera by use of curved off edges around each corner. Philip Glass provides original scoring as well as famous piano works, and his music is very passionate with the mood of the film. The subtext of the movie, highlighting the absurdities of following a person's every meaningless move, is even more relevant in today's world than at the time of its release. For those who are a fan of Jim Carrey, this is a must-see. Depth of the movie aside, The Truman Show is a fun and heartfelt achievement.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    Arguably one of the best satirical film and one of the few films where I could stand Jim Carrey. I loved everything about the film, the 50s set design, the dark dialogues and the underlying message about the celebrity culture. It is a story of a man trapped from his birth and his quest to recover his freedom.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    Jim Carrey stars in the smart and satirical comedy The Truman Show. Unbeknownst to him, Truman Burbank, a small-town insurance salesman, is the star of his own 24-hour television show, but slowly he starts to realize that his life is a facade. Co-starring Ed Harris, Laura Linney, and Natascha McElhone, the performances are pretty good. And the film presents some interesting issues, such as the media culture and subjective reality. However, the material is a little underserved by the story. Though it doesn't quite meet its ambitious goals, The Truman Show is an impressive film with a powerful message.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2013
    I tend to like the film's broader, more philosophical ideas than any of the satirical and "prophetic" observations about the media. And really, the whole thing only works because of Jim Carrey's performance. Its the perfect balance of his charm and manic energy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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