Genre Grandeur – The Straight Story (1999) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Live Action Disney Films here’s a review of The Straight Story (1999) by me.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Emily!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“The worst part of being old is remembering when you was young.” – Alvin Straight

Number of Times Seen – 3 times (5 Oct 2000, 2 Dec 2017 and 2 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An elderly man inching towards the end of his life decides to make a trip to visit his estranged brother living a few hundred miles away by traveling their by tractor.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve only seen 3 times, yet it is such a moving and simple story that is so powerful in every way possible.

Richard Farnsworth is superb in the lead role and really makes the viewer care so much about his character and everything he does along the way.

He was quite deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his work here.

This is based on a true story that is quite unbelievable any way one looks at it.

The various people that he meets on his journey say so much about the different kinds of people one can encounter while on a trip across the heartland.

The movie has an amazing message that is told in such a simple and straight forward way that resonates so well that it stays with the viewer long after the credits role.

The score by Angelo Badalamenti is extremely moving and helps create such a magical atmosphere for this journey,

I’m still shocked that this was directed by David Lynch, because that is so very different from the kind of movies most people are used to getting from him.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Richard Farnsworth was terminally ill with bone cancer during the shooting of the film, which had caused the paralysis of his legs as shown in the film. He actually took the role out of admiration for Alvin Straight, and astonished his co-workers with his tenacity during production. Because of the pain of his disease, Farnsworth committed suicide the following year, at the age of 80. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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