DVD 111 mins IMDB 8.0 (18,591 votes) top 250: #186
The Straight Story
Buena Vista (1999)
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(2004 )
Adventure, Drama
France  /  English

Richard Farnsworth Alvin Straight
Sissy Spacek Rose
Jane Galloway Heitz Dorothy
Everett McGill Tom The Dealer
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes Brenda
Barbara Robertson Derr Woman
John Farley Thorvald
John Lordan Priest
Harry Dean Stanton Lyle
Joseph A. Carpenter Bud
Donald Wiegert Sig
Tracey Maloney Nurse
Dan Flannery Doctor Gibbons
Ed Grennan Pete
Jack Walsh Apple
Max the Wonder Dog Farm Dog
Gil Pearson Sun Ray Tours Bus Driver
Barbara June Patterson Woman on Bus
Anastasia Webb Crystal

Director David Lynch
Producer Neal Edelstein; Mary Sweeney
Writer John Roach; Mary Sweeney
Cinematography Freddie Francis
Musician Angelo Badalamenti
User Credit 1 Mary Sweeney
User Credit 2 Patricia Norris

David Lynch offers an uncharacteristically straightforward and warmly sentimental approach to his material in this film, based on a true story, about an elderly man's journey to reconcile with his brother. Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) is an ailing widower in his early 70's who lives in Laurens, Iowa with his daughter, Rose (Sissy Spacek), who is mildly retarded and has a speech defect. Alvin doesn't trust doctors, despite suffering from emphysema and a bad hip. Alvin learns that his brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not have long to live. Alvin and Lyle haven't spoken in 10 years, which Alvin says is mainly a matter of pride and alcohol; Alvin wants to clear his slate with his brother before it's too late. However, Lyle lives in Wisconsin, and Alvin has little money, no car, and no driver's license. He does, however, have a riding lawn mower, and so Alvin hops on board and heads northeast to Wisconsin, hoping to make it while there's still time. Along the way, Alvin makes new friends and refuses to give up on his journey, despite frequent mechanical breakdowns. Richard Farnsworth's performance as Alvin earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor; it would prove to be his final screen appearance, as he died a year after the film's release. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 717951010117
Region Region 1
Release Date 11/7/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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Trivia: This was the first of director David Lynch's films in which his parents appeared. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: Alvin tells some townspeople that he began his trip in early September. But earlier in the movie, he is passed on the road by thousands of bicyclists who are apparently part of RAGBRAI ([The Des Moines] Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). RAGBRAI is scheduled annually for the last full week of July. (more)

Sig: What do you need that grabber for, Alvin?
Alvin: Grabbin'.

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 12 wins & 24 nominations (more)