The Straight Story Summary
As The Straight Story begins, the audience sees the night sky sprinkled with stars before the scene changes into a large field where a man is driving a tractor. Then, we see a small town and a small house where Rose, Alvin's 40-year-old daughter who is a little slow, and Dorothy, her neighbor, call a greeting to each other. At the back of Rose's house, we hear someone fall while Dorothy returns to her seat in the sun.
In a building, a man named Bud tells friends that he's going to go over to Alvin's house. Bud goes to find Alvin, and when he arrives at the house, Dorothy shouts that Rose went out earlier. He walks to the back of the house and finds Alvin inside on the floor. Bud calls Dorothy inside, who wants to call 911 after she sees Alvin, but Alvin...
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The Straight Story Film Summary
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Essays & Analysis (7)
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In the following review, Sterritt comments on the dark undertones beneath the superficial sweetness of The Straight Story.
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In the following review, Kauffmann praises The Straight Story as “a small epic” that embodies the American ideal of rugged individualism.
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In the following review, Jackson characterizes The Straight Story as blandly sweet.
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In the following review, Tayler praises Lynch's restrained cinematic style in The Straight Story.
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In the following review, Simon praises The Straight Story for its gentle tone and refreshing simplicity, noting that despite its sentimentality, the film avoids becoming sappy.
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In the following essay, Cardullo praises The Straight Story for its restraint and serenity, asserting that it is one of the greatest films ever made.
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In the following review, Kreider asserts that, despite its superficial sweetness and light tone, The Straight Story reveals a dark undercurrent of alcoholism and family abuse.
The Straight Story begin...