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: 7.73/10 from 1289 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Country: 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
Art Chris Kennedy Assistant Art Director
Sound Ronald Eng Sound Designer
Sound John Neff Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up W.T. Zacha Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Bob Harper Makeup Artist
Editing Hilary Schroeder First Assistant Editor