The Straight Story

The Straight Story (1999)

Genres - Biography, Comedy Drama, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biographical Film, Road Movie  |   Release Date - Oct 15, 1999  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - G
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The Straight Story is a 1999 internationally co-produced biographical road drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was edited and produced by Mary Sweeney, Lynch's longtime partner and co-worker. She co-wrote the script with John E. Roach. The film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight's 1994 journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower. Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) is an elderly World War II veteran who lives with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek), a kind woman with a mental disability. When he hears that his estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke, Alvin makes up his mind to go visit him and hopefully make amends before he dies. Because Alvin's legs and eyes are too impaired for him to receive a driving license, he hitches a trailer to his recently purchased thirty-year-old John Deere 110 Lawn Tractor, having a maximum speed of about 5 miles per hour, and sets off on the 240 mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin.

The film was a critical success and garnered audience acclaim, although the overall gross proved less than expected. Reviewers praised the intensity of the character performances, particularly the realistic dialogue which film critic Roger Ebert compared to the works of Ernest Hemingway. It received a nomination for the Palme d'Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and Farnsworth received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Movie Info

Budget

$10,000,000

Box Office

$6,416,569

Tags

Family Relationships, Independent Film, Iowa, John Deere, Journey/Travel, Lawnmower, Mississippi River, Nature/Environment, Road Movie, Road Trip, True Stories, Wisconsin

Attributes

Narrative Location: Wisconsin
Subject: old age, rural America, sibling relationship

Alternate Titles

Eine wahre Geschichte – The Straight Story
DE
Povestea lui Alvin Straight
RO
Prava priča
HR
Příběh Alvina Straighta
CZ
Príbeh Alvina Straighta
SK
Prosta historia
PL
Sippur Pashoot
IL
Straight story - Az igaz történet
HU
Straight'in Hikayesi
TR
The Straight Story
AU, CA, DK, EC, EG, GR, IN, NL, SG, ZA, SE, GB, US
The Straight Story (Una historia verdadera)
ES
The Straight Story - Eine wahre Geschichte
DE
The Straight Story: Una historia verdadera
ES
Tikra istorija
LT
Um História Real
BR
Uma História Simples
PT
Uma História Verdadeira
BR
Una història de debò
ES
Una historia sencilla
AR, MX, PE
Una historia verdadera
ES
Una Storia Vera
IT
Une histoire vraie
CA, FR
Историята на Стрейт
BG
Проста історія
UA
Простая история
RU
Стрејтова прича
RS
ストレイト・ストーリー
JP
史崔特先生的故事
CN, TW