The Straight Story
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Based on the true story that captured the hearts of America, THE STRAIGHT STORY is one of those rare films offering powerful, uplifting entertainment for audiences of all ages. Directed by acclaimed director David Lynch (WILD AT HEART, MULHOLLAND DRIVE), this gentle, inspiring film celebrates the human spirit. Richard Farnsworth (MISERY, THE NATURAL) stars as Alvin Straight -- a no-nonsense man who has never been one to lean on others. Now at an age when his eyesight denies him the ability to drive and walking is accomplished only with the help of two canes, Alvin lives a quiet life with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek). But when the call comes that Alvin's estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton, THE GREEN MILE) has suffered a debilitating stroke, Alvin embarks on a dangerous and emotional journey to make amends. With little money, but plenty of patience and tenacity, he climbs aboard his 1966 John Deere lawnmower and plots the 260-mile course from his small Iowa town to Lyle's home in Wisconsin. Filmed along the actual route that the real Alvin Straight traveled in 1994, THE STRAIGHT STORY is a heartwarming and poignant drama chronicling Alvin's six-week odyssey and the many lives he touches along the way.
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The story though...was amazing!...and the actors in it were so "Real People"and mostly,the Character Alvin Straight.I was stunned!....Not only did he have the same personality and almost the very same voice as my Friend Dennis...he also looked like Denis and his mannerisms and way of thinking...his quiet yet sensible demeanor and way of looking at life and daily troubles were so much like my Friend...it left me feeling hard to believe I wasn't looking and hearing my Friend Dennis.
If I didn't know it wasn't Dennis...I would have thought it was a small clip out of his life on film.My Friend even lived in the Country too.
I found out about 2 years after seeing this movie on TV as I described...and by mentioning it in conversation whilst reminiscing about my Supervisor/Friend with another fellow worker and Friend,he suggested I go to go to Google and type in what the story was about..."Man travels across country on a John Deer Tractor"...in an instant...this movie was found.
I ordered 2 copies and received them in about 1 and 1/2 weeks time.Except for some inside damage to the actual DVD cases...(The small button pop in the middle that holds the DVDs in place were broken on each one-so the DVDs and the broken piece were rattling around inside the packages loose)I played one of them,there was no damage to the DVD that affected the playing of the movie...It was as if I had experienced a visit with my Buddy Dennis.I gave the second copy I purchased to my Friend's Wife and Daughter and Grandson.I am not one to watch a movie twice but this one-because of the personal Connection it made with me is so well done-I will watch it from time to time as a reminder of my Buddy Dennis.The Straight Story
Beautifully done,this movie is one the entire family can enjoy...it is a real escape from the harshness of today's world and I highly recommend it.The messages you will receive from this video will warm your heart and mabey some of it will even rub off on the way you think of each other as people.Especially when it comes to the importance of patching up differences with estranged Family and Friend's in our Life.There is some dry humor and some valuable life lesson's in it.Everyone who is looking for an escape to simpler times and way of Life and what's really important should watch this.... Joe Hovorka-Ajax,Ont.
This is a beautiful film that allows us to watch as Alvin Straight pursues forgiveness and reconciliation with his brother, but leaves a wake of healing behind him as he passes through small towns and is rescued and gives rescue in equal measures.
And oh, after I had to return the library copy of this DVD, I promptly went to Amazon and bought it for myself and my family. It's just that important. Do yourself a favor and take a trip with Alvin Straight in "The Straight Story."
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