The Straight Story

The Straight Story (1999)

A true story that proves a little determination goes a very, very long way.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1999-10-15
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 1464 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Les Films Alain Sarde
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: David Lynch
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A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle 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.

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  • Richard Farnsworth

    as Alvin
  • Sissy Spacek

    as Rose
  • Jane Galloway Heitz

    as Dorothy
  • Joseph A. Carpenter

    as Bud
  • Donald Wiegert

    as Sig
  • Tracey Maloney

    as Nurse
  • Dan Flannery

    as Doctor Gibbons
  • Jennifer Edwards

    as Brenda
  • Ed Grennan

    as Pete
  • Jack Walsh

    as Apple
  • Gil Pearson

    as Bus Driver
  • Barbara June Patterson

    as Woman on Bus
  • Everett McGill

    as Tom the John Deere Dealer
  • Anastasia Webb

    as Crystal
  • Matt Guidry

    as Steve
  • Bill McCallum

    as Rat
  • Barbara E. Robertson

    as Deer Woman
  • James Cada

    as Danny Riordan
  • Sally Wingert

    as Darla Riordan
  • Barbara Kingsley

    as Janet Johnson
  • Jim Haun

    as Johnny Johnson
  • Wiley Harker

    as Verlyn Heller
  • Randy Wiedenhoff

    as Fireman #1
  • Jerry E. Anderson

    as Fireman #2
  • Kevin Farley

    as Harald
  • John Farley

    as Thorvald
  • John Lordan

    as Priest
  • Garrett Sweeney

    as Boy in Truck
  • Peter Sweeney

    as Boy in Truck
  • Tommy Fahey

    as Boy in Truck
  • Matt Fahey

    as Boy in Truck
  • Dan Fahey

    as Boy in Truck
  • Russ Reed

    as Mt. Zion Bartender
  • Leroy Swadley

    as Bar Patron
  • Ralph Feldhacker

    as Farmer on Tractor
  • Harry Dean Stanton

    as Lyle
Production Pierre Edelman Executive Producer
Production Neal Edelstein Producer
Production Lynn Blumenthal Casting
Sound Walter Spencer Music Editor
Production Michael Polaire Executive Producer
Writing Mary Sweeney Screenplay
Art Jack Fisk Production Design
Directing David Lynch Director
Writing John Roach Screenplay
Production Jane Alderman Casting
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Norris Costume Design
Camera Freddie Francis Director of Photography
Production Mary Sweeney Producer
Art Barbara Haberecht Set Decoration
Editing Mary Sweeney Editor
Sound David Lynch Sound Designer
Editing Hilary Schroeder First Assistant Editor
Sound Angelo Badalamenti Original Music Composer
Costume & Make-Up Bob Harper Makeup Artist
Art Chris Kennedy Assistant Art Director
Sound Doug Jackson Sound Effects Editor
Sound John Neff Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up W.T. Zacha Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Crist Ballas Special Effects Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Deborah K. Dee Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Sally J. Harper Hairstylist
Directing Scott Cameron First Assistant Director
Directing Simone Farber Second Assistant Director
Directing Eric Sherman Second Second Assistant Director
Art Johnny D. Culley Assistant Property Master
Art Sean Everett Property Master
Art David Hack Leadman
Art Steven Kerlagon Lead Painter
Crew Timothy W. Lobdell Carpenter
Art David Wilt Construction Coordinator
Art Trini Wilt Art Department Assistant
Art Shane Patrick Swing
Art Thomas Traugott Swing
Costume & Make-Up Susan Lichtman Set Costumer
Crew Rick LeFevour Stunt Coordinator
Crew James Fierro Stunt Coordinator
Crew Rudy J. Calzavara Stunt Double
Crew Gary D'Amico Special Effects
Crew Mike Weesner Special Effects Assistant
Sound Bryan Arenas Sound Engineer
Sound Ronald Eng Sound Effects Editor
Sound Ronald Eng Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Mary Erstad Foley Recordist
Sound David Lee Fein Foley Artist
Sound Patrick Giraudi Additional Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Diane Marshall Foley Artist
Sound Howard Neiman Foley Editor
Sound Howard Neiman Foley Supervisor
Sound Earl Sampson Boom Operator
Sound Walter Spencer Dialogue Editor
Sound Lucy Sustar Foley Recordist
Sound Susumu Tokunow Location Sound Mixer
Lighting Richard Alarian Chief Lighting Technician
Lighting Amy Alarian Electrician
Camera Keith Bunting Best Boy Grip
Camera Ron Burchfield Grip
Camera Brendan David Butler Aerial Camera
Camera David L. Butler Aerial Director of Photography
Camera Don Cerrone Key Grip
Camera Michael Fedack Dolly Grip
Camera Gordon Hayman Camera Operator
Camera Edgar Martin Grip
Camera Bill McConnell Jr. Second Assistant Camera
Camera Bill McConnell Sr. First Assistant Camera
Lighting Steven R. Morales Assistant Chief Lighting Technician
Camera David B. Nowell Aerial Director of Photography
Camera Scott Andrew Ressler Assistant Camera
Camera Eric Ritter Grip
Camera Kathryn Roberts Camera Loader
Lighting Joshua E. Smith Electrician
Camera Scott Smith Aerial Camera
Lighting Wilson Webb Electrician
Production Nancy Briggs Casting Associate
Production Catherine Head Casting Associate
Production Vicki Jo Hertz Extras Casting Assistant
Production Sarah Jane Hill Casting Associate
Production Joan Philo Extras Casting