The Straight Story (1999)

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An old man makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (source:

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Posted by Barney Burns
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Richard Farnsworth was the best actor i EVER saw i sure do miss him no one will ever come close to him

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Release Date
21 May 1999
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Filming Locations
Clermont, Iowa, USA
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The Straight Story is a 1999 drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was edited and produced by Mary Sweeney, Lynch's longtime partner and co-worker. She co-wrote the script with John E. Roach. The film is based on the true story of Alvin Straight's 1994 journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower. Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) is an elderly World War II veteran who lives with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek), a kind woman with a mental disability. When he hears that his estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke, Alvin makes up his mind to go visit him and hopefully make amends before he dies. But because Alvin's legs and eyes are too impaired for him to receive a driving license, he hitches a trailer to his recently purchased thirty year-old John Deere 110 Lawn tractor (1966 have max speed of 6.5 miles per hour (10.5 km/h) or according to other source his original had 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h) ) and sets off on the 240-mile (390 km) journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin.

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