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: 7.8/10 from 641 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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
  • Jane Galloway Heitz

    as Dorothy, Straight's Next-Door Neighbor
  • 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
  • Everett McGill

    as Tom the John Deere Dealer
  • 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
  • Kevin Farley

    as Harald Olsen
  • John Farley

    as Thorvald Olsen
  • Leroy Swadley

    as Bar Patron
  • Ralph Feldhacker

    as Farmer on Tractor
  • Harry Dean Stanton

    as Lyle Straight, Alvin's Brother
  • Anastasia Webb

    as Crystal
  • John Lordan

    as Priest
  • Matt Guidry

    as Steve
  • Wiley Harker

    as Verlyn Heller
Directing David Lynch Director
Production Pierre Edelman Executive Producer
Production Neal Edelstein Producer
Production Michael Polaire Executive Producer
Production Mary Sweeney Producer
Camera Freddie Francis Director of Photography
Editing Mary Sweeney Editor
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
Writing John Roach Screenplay
Writing Mary Sweeney Screenplay
Sound Angelo Badalamenti Music
Sound David Lynch Sound Designer
Sound Ronald Eng Sound Designer
Editing Hilary Schroeder First Assistant Editor