• The Straight Story (1999)

The Straight Story

Release Date: October 15th, 1999

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2000

G |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Everett McGill, Jennifer Edwards-Hughes, Barbara Robertson, John Farley, John Lordan

Director: David Lynch

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Asymmetrical Productions, Walt Disney Pictures, CiBy 2000, Channel Four Films, Le Studio Canal +, Les Films Alain Sarde

Keywords: Underdog, Emotional, Brother, Touching, 1990s, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 79
    Kevin MaynardMr. Showbiz

    Lynch's faith in the kindness of human nature has been renewed, yet thankfully he's never maudlin. Instead, he wins over our emotions with the film's understated beauty. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A great, haunting film; it affects us in ways we're not used to...it is capable of both lifting our hearts and chilling us to the bone. show more

  • 100
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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