Flawless execution of an eerie, yet fantastical premise, marked by outstanding performances, make this surreal fable a joy to watch from start to finish. Unbeknownst to insurance salesman Truman Burbank, (Carrey) his entire life has been broadcast live on TV in a 24-hour soap opera. When evidence of Truman's fabricated life begins to surface, he plans his escape, upsetting the grand scheme of producer, director and charismatic artist Christof (Harris in a stand-out performance). Carrey's sympathetic, low-key portrayal will make people forget the disappointment of "Cable Guy." Weir handles his satirical theme with craftmen-like precision, never letting his commentary on the power of the tube become too heavy-handed. Carrey reportedly took a pay cut from his $20 million fee in order to star.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 102 minutes.
British Acad. 1998: Director (Weir), Orig. Screenplay; Golden Globes 1999: Actor--Drama (Carrey), Support. Actor (Harris), Score; MTV Movie Awards 1999: Male Perf. (Carrey); Natl. Bd. of Review 1998: Support. Actor (Harris).
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