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The Straight Story (1999)

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jane Galloway Heitz ...
Dorothy
Joseph A. Carpenter ...
Bud
Donald Wiegert ...
Sig
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Tracey Maloney ...
Nurse
Dan Flannery ...
Doctor Gibbons
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes ...
Brenda
Ed Grennan ...
Jack Walsh ...
Max the Wonder Dog ...
Farm Dog
Gil Pearson ...
Bus Driver
Barbara June Patterson ...
Woman on Bus
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Tom the John Deere Dealer
Anastasia Webb ...
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"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. Written by Christian Sandberg

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Biography | Drama

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3 November 1999 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,312, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,203,044
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Farnsworth was the oldest Academy nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role, at 79. See more »

Goofs

While driving through West Bend, Iowa, Alvin is seen driving past the Grotto of the Redemption from right to left. This would be north to south, or following the jog in the highway, traveling east to west. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dorothy: Hi Rose.
Rose 'Rosie' Straight: Hi Dorothy.
Alvin Straight: [can be heard collapsing inside his house]
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the Alvin Straight family See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nord (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Times
Written by Sidney Fine (as S. Fine)
Performed by Jo Stafford
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Lyrical love poem of a movie.
10 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Straight Story is a multilevel exploration of the goodness and beauty of America. At one level a slow walk through the heartland, it's kind inhabitants, and amber grain, at another level about growing old and remembering what is important(and actively forgetting what isn't). David Lynch gives us time in this movie and helps me to remember that so much can be said with silence. A remarkable movie that will rest gently with me for some time to come.


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