The Straight Story

Rated G 111 minutes 1999

From director David Lynch comes a lyrical portrait of one man's real journey across America's Heartland. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, "the Straight story" chronicles Alvin's patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his '66 John Deere, Alvin encounters a number of strangers, from a teenage runaway to a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life's earned wisdom with simple stories, Alvin has a profound impact on these characters that color his pilgrimage.

Film Credits

Director: David Lynch

Writer: John Roach and Mary Sweeney

Producer: Mary Sweeney and Neal Edelstein

Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, Jane Galloway Heitz and Everett McGill


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