The Truman Show

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 1999

PG |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

He doesn't know it, but everything in Truman Burbank's (Jim Carrey) life is part of a massive TV set. Executive producer Christof (Ed Harris) orchestrates "The Truman Show," a live broadcast of Truman's every move captured by hidden cameras. Cristof tries to control Truman's mind, even removing his true love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), from the show and replacing her with Meryl (Laura Linney). As Truman gradually discovers the truth, however, he must decide whether to act on it.

Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, Brian Delate, Una Damon

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions

Keywords: Transformation , 1980s , Endearing , Deception , 1990s , Underdog , 1960s , 1970s , Small town

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I enjoyed The Truman Show on its levels of comedy and drama; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump--because he was a good man, honest, and easy to sympathize with. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Delicately subversive, hypnotically sardonic, full of terror, banality and wafer-thin lyricism. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Weir's offbeat directing makes the most of Andrew Niccol's inventive screenplay, which includes large doses of surprisingly sardonic satire aimed at today's entertainment trends. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role