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David Lynch's first foray into the land of Disney and G-ratings is a surprisingly gentle, hopeful, and irony-free crowd pleaser. The film tells the true story of Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), a 73-year-old man who journeys from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, on a John Deere lawn mower in order to visit his dying older brother, Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton). The estranged brothers haven't spoken in years because of their stubborn pride, but Lyle's recent stroke convinces Alvin that now is the time to make amends. Along the way he meets a host of interesting characters--including a pregnant runaway teenager, a sad World War II veteran, and a sympathetic priest--affecting them deeply with his unflinching spirit and belief in the power of familial love. As Straight, Farnsworth slips into the role he was born to play with an effortless grace. Sissy Spacek gives a heartbreaking turn as his afflicted daughter, Rose, who looks after her father and mourns for her children, who were cruelly taken away f...
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CastBarbara E. Robertson
DirectorDavid Lynch
Release Date:  1999
MPAA Rating:  G
DVD Release Date:  Buena Vista Home Entertainment (November 07, 2000)
Runtime:  1hr 51min
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review by . December 01, 2002
Pros: great story and beautiful scenery     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: You cannot put a limit on family     Alvin Straight 1921-1996      I certainly have encountered mixed reviews about this movie, anywhere from fantastic to total boredom. But much like Alvin Straight, I found this movie traveled down the middle road. I started watching movies long before CGI and F/X became cause celeb, so I’ve learned to enjoy …
review by . May 29, 2000
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Pros: David Lynch Film     Cons: Unbelievably Trite     David Lynch is known for weirdness but this was weird times 2. I have seen this movie described as a man on a mission movie but that's stretching it a little. Overall, I thought it was trite and kind of stupid.      Basically the story of a old man in failing health who lives with his "slow" daughter. It's hokey in the fact that although the man is really old, his few words …
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