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The Straight Story
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Based on the true story that captured the hearts of America, THE STRAIGHT STORY is one of those rare films offering powerful, uplifting entertainment for audiences of all ages. Directed by acclaimed director David Lynch (WILD AT HEART, MULHOLLAND DRIVE), this gentle, inspiring film celebrates the human spirit. Richard Farnsworth (MISERY, THE NATURAL) stars as Alvin Straight -- a no-nonsense man who has never been one to lean on others. Now at an age when his eyesight denies him the ability to drive and walking is accomplished only with the help of two canes, Alvin lives a quiet life with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek). But when the call comes that Alvin's estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton, THE GREEN MILE) has suffered a debilitating stroke, Alvin embarks on a dangerous and emotional journey to make amends. With little money, but plenty of patience and tenacity, he climbs aboard his 1966 John Deere lawnmower and plots the 260-mile course from his small Iowa town to Lyle's home in Wisconsin. Filmed along the actual route that the real Alvin Straight traveled in 1994, THE STRAIGHT STORY is a heartwarming and poignant drama chronicling Alvin's six-week odyssey and the many lives he touches along the way.
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David Lynch is known for his cutting edge, bizarre and perplexing mysteries but when taken into account with all his other films The Straight Story (and it's unusual G-rating) should be no surprise. Lynch went from the completely off-the-wall horror Eraserhead to in my opinion one of the most touching films ever made in The Elephant Man. He is no stranger to drama and it manifests itself in varying depths in every one of his films. It often shows up in the most surprising of places. Lynch is acclaimed and credited more after Mulholland Dr., however, in many years from now he will get many of the same accolades that guys like Stanley Kubrick do now for films like this one. Lynch is a master of his craft and among the best American Directors of our time. It sounds like a bold statement now but the years will tell. I for one will argue his films are timeless.
The Straight Story unfolds at a snail's pace and plays the most straight forward formulas to the tee...I'm not saying that as a drawback but it may not be for everyone. It is the perfect environment for Lynch to show he can direct a great drama with a narrative and some older actors like Richard Farnsworth (excellent as the likeable Alvin Straight) and briefly Harry Dean Stanton as Lyle. Sissy Spaceck is also excellent as Alvin's daughter. If I were to list the most touching sequences in film for me, two come from Lynch films.Read more ›
Theres really nothing wrong with this transfer, although there shouldnt be, considering that it was made about 4 years ago. You get a nice 5.1 surround, and clear picture, and a very wide presentation.
Nada. Actually, on the whole disc, there is only 2 menus. The only thing that makes this disc sold without a box is a trailer, and a little note from Lynch himself explaining why there isn't any chapter stops (sadly, for most this film would have to be seen in parts, unless your so comfortable in your seat you dont want to get up).
Although this is G-rated, anyone under 10 would fall asleep in less than 10 minutes. Forget children, most adults would not have the patience for this film. But if your children do have patience, absolutly. There couldnt be less wrong with this film. A wonderful, warm hearted slice of life.
The movie moves as slowly as Alvin's tractor, but our interest is captured by Richard Farnsworth's excellent acting ability, supported by Sissy Spacek as Alvin's daughter. "Bottom-line" messages fill this story: family relationships are important and worth nurturing; forgiveness and reconciliation bring true peace and happiness; no matter what life brings, there are still people who care and are willing to help; out of our suffering, we are able to have compassion and help others in their suffering.
This movie has a depth that not many others have. Alvin Straight will be in your mind and heart long after the movie is over. The photography of the autumn prairies is spectacular. I highly recommend this for older teens and adults who want to watch a deeply moving story in its uplifting simplicity.
The film takes its time telling its story, giving us plenty of opportunity to study Alvin and all the characters he meets along the way to Wisconsin to see his brother Lyle (Lynch regular Harry Dean Stanton). Alvin leaves his daughter (Sissy Spacek) to take what he feels is his last opportunity to make up with Lyle. Farnsworth is the show here, though, and he never stoops to make Alvin pathetic or pitiable. His strength (some may say stubbornness, but there's no meanspiritedness about it) should be an inspiration; he has to walk with two canes so every step is a journey in itself.
David Lynch surprised many people (he hasn't told a "straight story" since 1980's The Elephant Man) by delivering a film that does not manipulate and never sentimentalizes--and it's not weird! There is a moment near the end where true feeling is elicited (probably more so if you have a sibling, as I do not) but it is not forced. This true story is a drama of a different kind, one that Hollywood couldn't repeat if it wanted as this type of film depends on the perfect combination of story, director, and actor that rarely comes together. We should feel lucky that The Straight Story was even made and appreciate it for what it is, and for what it tells us about the potential of ourselves.
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Saw this movie on a specialty TV channel for the first time only a couple of months ago and you couldn't have pulled me away from the TV. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Prairie Guy
I'm not sure what it is about David Lynch that makes whatever he takes on so fascinating? I just came away from watching Inland Empire, and still don't know what to make of it? Read morePublished 23 days ago by Johnny Rocker
a true lesson in life, very strong acting and very strong message for helping other.Published 4 months ago by Jack Kolafa
There is no indication on the product selling page that it is region two, and therefore, won't play on my player.
Simple poignant documentary-like story. I just could not stop watching. What a man will do to clear the air before he passes away.Published 8 months ago by Pikey
This was a Christmas gift for my father and mother. I had viewed it before and is one of my most favourite movies. And they loved it too. The acting by Mr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by christene landry
This is one movie you have to see; Richard Farnsworth played a fantastic role even though he wasn't very well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris Locker