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The Straight Story

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Original title
The Straight Story
Running time
111 min.
United States United States
John Roach, Mary Sweeney
Angelo Badalamenti
Freddie Francis
Co-production United States-France;
Studiocanal, Les Films Alain Sarde, The Picture Factory, Film4 Productions, Asymetrical Production, Ciby 2000
Drama | Based On A True Story. Small Town Life (North-american). Road Movie. Old Age / Elderly. Independent Film (US). Cult Movie
A portrait of one man's real journey across America's Heartland. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, 'The Straight Story' chronicles Alvin's patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his '66 John Deere, Alvin encounters a number of strangers, from a teenage runaway to a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life's earned wisdom with simple stories, Alvin has a profound impact on these characters that color his pilgrimage.
1999: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
1999: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Actor, OST
1999: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1999: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Farnsworth) & Cinematography. 4 Nominations
1999: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Farnworth)
1999: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Actor (Farnsworth). 4 Nominations
2000: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Int. Ind. Film - English Language
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Nominations, including Best Picture
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