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The Straight Story

A road movie with a twist, based on a true story and directed by David Lynch.

Image from The Straight Story

France-UK-USA 1999
Dir David Lynch
With Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton
111min
35mm
Certificate U

Based on a true story, David Lynch’s road movie finds an elderly man making a 240-mile journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower. Alvin Straight (Farnsworth) doesn’t meet the medical criteria to drive a car, so when his brother (Stanton) falls ill, he hooks a trailer to his mower and sets out to make amends with his sibling in person. Lynch, who shot every scene in chronological order along the actual route taken by Straight, has created a touching, unsentimental portrait set against a beautiful landscape.


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