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 1359 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Country: 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 Straight
  • Sissy Spacek

    as Rose Straight
  • Harry Dean Stanton

    as Lyle Straight
  • Everett McGill

    as Tom
  • Kevin Farley

    as Harald Olsen
  • John Farley

    as Thorvald Olsen
  • Jane Galloway Heitz

    as Dorothy
  • Joseph A. Carpenter

    as Bud
  • Donald Wiegert

    as Sig
  • Tracey Maloney

    as Nurse
  • Dan Flannery

    as Doctor Gibbons
  • Ed Grennan

    as Pete
  • Jack Walsh

    as Apple
  • Gil Pearson

    as Sun Ray Tours Bus Driver
  • Barbara June Patterson

    as Woman on Bus
  • James Cada

    as Danny Riordan, Clermont Resident
  • Sally Wingert

    as Darla Riordan, Clermont Resident
  • Barbara Kingsley

    as Janet Johnson, Clermont Resident
  • Jim Haun

    as Johnny Johnson, Clermont Resident
  • Leroy Swadley

    as Bar Patron
  • Ralph Feldhacker

    as Farmer on Tractor
  • Anastasia Webb

    as Crystal
  • John Lordan

    as Priest
  • Matt Guidry

    as Steve
  • Wiley Harker

    as Verlyn Heller
  • Barbara E. Robertson

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