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The Straight Story [VHS] [1999]

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  • Actors: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: Mary Sweeney, John Roach
  • Producers: Mary Sweeney, Michael Polaire, Neal Edelstein, Pierre Edelman
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Vci
  • VHS Release Date: 3 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,734 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Lynch's critically applauded road movie tells the tale of Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), a 73-year-old midwesterner who sets out on an unusual personal odyssey. Alvin lives with his mentally retarded daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek), and is struggling with his failing health. When he hears that his estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke, he realises that now is the time to heal the rift between them. However, lacking a car of his own, Alvin opts to make the three-hundred mile journey from Iowa to Wisconsin on his lawnmower.

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Throughout The Straight Story, 73-year-old Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) gazes calmly at the night sky, as if the stars were reflections of his own memories. When he hears his brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton), with whom he hasn't spoken in years, is ailing Alvin decides to go visit him and make peace. But since Alvin's eyesight is bad and his daughter (Sissy Spacek) refuses to drive him, he sets out on the 500-mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin on a John Deere lawnmower. It's slow going, so there's plenty of time to stop for the night and ponder the cosmos. Along the way, he befriends a variety of nice folks, and you have to ask yourself: is this really a David Lynch movie?

It's a miracle that this wholesome film was made by a director whose work is often described as twisted and bizarre. But Lynch is too complex an artist to be labelled, and he brings charm, grace and kindness to this story based on a newspaper clipping. Moreover, The Straight Story has a serenity rarely found in movies anymore. It's a film of moments--funny, odd, quietly spiritual--and this simple tale of a man, a lawnmower and rural hospitality becomes a genuine Lynchian odyssey, unlike any film you've seen but as welcoming as a cup of lemon tea with honey. Best of all, it's a fitting tribute to the career of veteran stuntman-actor Farnsworth who, at age 79, plays Alvin Straight to sheer perfection, his face a subtle roadmap to a broad spectrum of emotional destinations. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 5 April 2003
Format: DVD
I think that The Straight Story is a truly gorgeous piece of film-making showing how a man in his 70's travels across 2-3 states on a lawnmower towing a trailer, to visit his sick brother.

On his way he meets various characters at different stages of his journey. There's one scene where he's sitting at a bar with a glass of milk and his eyes say so much in one look that words couldn't even try to fathom.

It's beautifully photographed with lots of sweeping landscapes as we follow Alvin Straight on his journey. Richard Farnsworth is remarkable as Alvin Straight who prepares his tractor and starts on his epic journey to visit his sick brother. David Lynch switches direction from his usual style of dark and twisted places to this enchanting and magical film, based on a true story, which everyone can watch. I fell in love with it instantly. An exquisite film that is beautifully observed. A modern classic and one of my favourites.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DLD on 29 May 2000
Format: DVD
What can I say ? I finished watching it an hour ago and I'm still reeling. Beautifully shot. Beautiful music. It's just become one of my favourite films of all time ( no easy feat, believe me ). Richard Farnsworth gives the performance of a lifetime as crotchety, stoic Alvin Straight with a masterclass in acting through understatement. A welcome change of tone for David Lynch. A touching, eloquent rumination on life, the loss of youth and the importance of family. Film-making has very rarely been better than this. Don't bother with the effects filled summer blockbusters this year. Buy this, stay in and watch true craftsmen at work. Beautiful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2009
Format: DVD
At the Osacar awards in 2000, Richard Farnsworth was nominated for the best actor award for his role in "The Straight Story"(99). He was 79 years old at the time and was dying of cancer. He lost out to Kevin Spacey in "American Beauty". This was an obvious award for a film that had been a hit, and a great injustice was done. Farnsworth did not get another opportunity for an oscar as he tragically shot himself in the October of that year. His performance in "The Straight Story" is simply magnificent and was his last great performance in one of the most interesting careers in Hollywood. He was a stunt rider who chased and galloped through films like "Gone with the Wind"(39) and "Fort Apache"(48). He taught the city tenderfoot Montgomery Clift how to look and behave like a cowboy in that magnificent epic "Red River"(48). He became an actor by accident when he was asked to do a couple of lines by producer Alan Pakula in Mulligans "The Stalking Moon"(68). Pakula remembered him, and ten years later gave him a larger role in "Comes A Horseman". He was nominated for an oscar as support actor but lost out to Christopher Walken in "The Deer Hunter". No complaints there! He then went on to illuminate many films as a support actor. His one lead role being the Canadian film "The Grey Fox"(82) which is his very finest work. He is simply wonderful in the role of Bill Miner the gentleman bandit. One of the great Westerns, but sadly so little known. One of the more interesting careers in the movies.

"The Straight Story" is a very simple story indeed. It is about Alvin Straight(a real person) an old man in Iowa. Alvin decides very matter of factly, that as he is likely to die anytime he should pay a last visit to his brother in Wisconsin. Just for once Farnsworth does not have a trusty horse to ride.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on 3 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I can't really add much to what's already been said - all the reviews are spot on. All I can say is that this mesmerising film is one of the most beautifully realised and humane visions I have ever seen. Indeed I've seen nothing since that's affected me quite so deeply. Lynch has surpassed himself. The peformances are outstanding - especially of course 'Alvin' himself. The cinematography alone deserves a medal for services to humanity, and the all-pervading sense of both the value of reconciliation and the enduring nature of love are captured like no other film I have seen so far this century. Profound. Flawless.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Chuffnobbler on 12 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
I don't think a film has ever affected me like this, and am so pleased to read that other reviewers have felt the same. I'm a bit shocked, actually. I never realised that a film could do this.
The Striaght Story is beautiful. Gentle, good natured and heartwarming, it says all there is to say about the triumph of the human spirit, and the kindness of strangers. Alvin's journey across three states, on the back of a ride-on lawnmower, is told at such a slow pace, and often Alvin is the only person on screen, surrounded by mile after mile of landscape stretching off into the horizon. This just emphasises the whole point of the film: one man's mission to do what he feels is right. Refusing help along the way, even insisting on sleeping in someone's shed instead of in the house when he's forced to rely on others when the lawnmower breaks down, Alvin is a true gentleman. The stories he tells, and characters he meets, bring a genuinely warm glow of happiness and truth. Telling a young runaway of his daughter's sad personal history, chatting about war experiences in a bar with a fellow oldtimer, this film has more to say about humanity than any I think I have ever seen.
Cinematography is perfection. The music is perfection: Angelo Badalamenti does it again, recapturing the evocative nature of the Twin Peaks soundtrack. Just listen to the simple use of strings when Alvin tells his daughter's story. I promise there won't be a dry eye in the house. There certainly wasn't in mine, anyway.
Completely unsentimental, this film is ideal for making you feel glad to be alive. Absolutely uplifting. I don't understand why it didn't win every award going. I didn't want it to end.
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