The Straight Story

A true story that proves a little determination goes a very, very long way.

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Podcast Release Date:
Apr 18, 2017

David Lynch Series Episode 6

The story of the Real Life Lawnmower Man

After the violent, explicit Lost Highway, it seems whiplash-inducing that David Lynch’s next film would be a G-rated family film for Disney. But that’s what The Straight Story is. There are no dancing little people, no time loops, and no murder mysteries. The Straight Story is a story of Alvin Straight, a retired farmer who drives his John Deere lawnmower over 300 miles to see his ailing brother. Is this a Story worth watching? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

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Movie Details

Series
Individual Movie Reviews
Series
David Lynch
Original Title
The Straight Story
Title
The Straight Story
Director
David Lynch
Author
Producer
Mary Sweeney, Neal Edelstein
Writer
Actors
Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Tracey Maloney, Dan Flannery, Ed Grennan, Jack Walsh, Gil Pearson, Barbara June Patterson, Everett McGill, James Cada, Sally Wingert, Barbara Kingsley, Jim Haun, Kevin Farley, John Farley, Leroy Swadley, Ralph Feldhacker, Harry Dean Stanton, Anastasia Webb, John Lordan, Matt Guidry, Wiley Harker
Runtime
1 h 52 min
Release Date
15 October 1999
Genres
Drama
Overview
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

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