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3,887 Ratings

The Straight Story

Directed by David Lynch
United States, France, 1999


This fact-based drama follows a 73-year-old man who embarks on a lengthy journey from Iowa to Wisconsin on his lawnmower to mend his relationship with his estranged brother, who has just suffered a heart attack, before it’s too late.

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The Straight Story Directed by David Lynch

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role



Critics reviews

There are few films from the decade that felt more expansive and complex. In its elegant, unhurried relating of the true tale of Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), a septuagenarian who traveled 240 miles by tractor to visit his sick, estranged brother, it happens naturally upon the kinds of eccentricities and bold visions on which Lynch’s art has been staked, but in a way that finally revealed them to me not as mannerisms but as manifestations of a curious, generous nature.
July 22, 2013
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In some ways it’s a less personal work than Eraserhead because Lynch didn’t write it, and it appears that the script was developed mainly without his input. Nevertheless this film represents a clear desire for renewal in a career that has stalled because Lynch has relied too heavily on tropes associated with noir and sexual decadence.
October 22, 1999
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