Director: David Lynch Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, James Cada, Wiley Harker
Certificate: U Running Time: 112 Minutes
Tagline: "A true story that proves a little determination goes a very, very long way"
David Lynch's name may be synonymous with the likes of Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive amongst others, but my favourite film of his has always been The Straight Story. Unlike most of his output thus far it's fairly straightforward and it's also based on a true story - that of Alvin Straight, a pensioner from America's Midwest who embarks upon a remarkable journey. Alvin (Farnsworth), you see, grew up very close to his brother, Lyle (Stanton), and they remained close for much of their lives until an unspecified bust-up sent them their separate ways. Ten years later and the two are still not talking. However, news reaches Alvin that Lyle has had a stroke. Motivated to salvage their relationship, Alvin decides to visit his brother, but this is not nearly as easy a proposition as it might seem.
|Alvin's friends marvel at his ingenuity...|
|Trundling past field after field...|
|Alvin getting a wartime confession off his chest...|
RKS Score: 9/10
Special Note: Sadly, despite his incredible effort in getting this film made, the pain of his illness proved to be too much for Richard Farnsworth and he took his own life the year after it was completed...