Our MOVIES AND MEANING Film Series Continues
With the Award-Winning Film
THE STRAIGHT STORY
THE STRAIGHT STORY
Monday October 30th at 7pm
Suggested Donation $7 - $10
The Straight Story is David Lynch’s gentle masterpiece based on the true story of Alvin Straight's 1994 journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower.
Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) is an elderly World War II veteran who lives with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek), a kind woman with an intellectual 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. 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, having a maximum speed of about 5 miles per hour and sets off on the 240 mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin.
"The first time I saw "The Straight Story," I focused on the foreground and liked it. The second time I focused on the background, too, and loved it. The movie isn't just about the old Alvin Straight's odyssey through the sleepy towns and rural districts of the Midwest, but about the people he finds to listen and care for him. You'd think it was a fantasy, this kindness of strangers, if the movie weren't based on a true story."
The StraightStory is a tale of love, friendship,
honor and adventure.
It’s the kind of hopeful tale many of us need right now,
and we look forward to sharing it with you
on the big screen, as part of our Movies & Meaning Film Series.
The Straight Story was critically acclaimed upon its release, with critics lauding Lynch's uncharacteristic subject matter. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 86, indicating "universal acclaim." Entertainment Weekly described it as a "celestial piece of Americana." The Chicago Tribune wrote of the film, "we see something American studio movies usually don't give us: the simple, unsentimentalized beauty of the rural American Midwestern landscape."
Years after its release, the film holds a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 8.1/10. The website's consensus describing the film as "Slow-paced but heart-warming." AllMovie wrote, "David Lynch offers an uncharacteristically straightforward and warmly sentimental approach to his material in this film", calling it "one of his best films".