The Straight Story Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for The Straight Story the Movie

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Surprisingly sweet true story from the generally eccentric Lynch. Septugenarian Alvin Straight (Farnsworth), who lives in Iowa, is determined to visit his ailing, estranged brother Lyle (Stanton) even though he can no longer drive a car. So, he hitches a small trailer to his riding mower and heads off at a stately 6 miles per hour--to Wisconsin (a 300 mile trip). Alvin realizes this is his last chance at both freedom and family and he's determined to make the most of it. Farnsworth plays Straight as a gruff, straight-talking old geezer and there's little or no sentimentality involved.


Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 111 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, Growing Older, Road Trip
John Roach
Richard Farnsworth, Harry Dean Stanton, Sissy Spacek
Freddie Francis
David Lynch
Angelo Badalamenti
Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney, Buena Vista


Ind. Spirit 2000: Actor (Farnsworth); N.Y. Film Critics 1999: Actor (Farnsworth), Cinematog.

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