History Film / TheTrumanShow

25th Jul '16 2:16:43 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: When Christof sends a man-made storm to try to capsize Truman's boat, his bosses get hit by the realization first, telling Christof to stop, lest his actions turn to murder. At first, Christof defends himself by saying Truman was born on live television, implying that Truman is subhuman. When he realizes that Truman won't stop, he finally gives in, ending the storm and letting him go.]]



* PutOnABus: Sylvia was written out of the show to keep Truman from learning the truth.

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* PutOnABus: In-universe, Sylvia was written out of the show to keep Truman from learning the truth.
23rd Jul '16 1:28:03 PM nombretomado
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Out of the many different reactions to the film, "[[CueIrony what a good idea]]" seemed to top the list, at least with television executives. ''Truman'' came out in 1998, the first series of ''BigBrother'' debuted in 1999, and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' premiered in 2000. Those initial "reality" shows seemed like a shocking idea at the time -- but the people in charge ended up on the right side of history (RealityTelevision of all kinds has captured a huge portion of the television viewing audience). On the other hand, the people in those shows ''volunteer''. (Usually.)

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Out of the many different reactions to the film, "[[CueIrony what a good idea]]" seemed to top the list, at least with television executives. ''Truman'' came out in 1998, the first series of ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' debuted in 1999, and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' premiered in 2000. Those initial "reality" shows seemed like a shocking idea at the time -- but the people in charge ended up on the right side of history (RealityTelevision of all kinds has captured a huge portion of the television viewing audience). On the other hand, the people in those shows ''volunteer''. (Usually.)
27th Jun '16 10:33:20 PM EBsessed
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* ProductPlacement: Parodied since the show doesn't have actual commercials (it airs 24/7), everything Truman uses is paid for by corporate sponsors and people in Truman's life will give elaborate sales pitches of items used in their daily lives. The first instance has Truman get shoved against a placard for "Free-range Kaiser Chicken" by a set of twins via overzealous greeting, to insure the placard remains in the shot. [[spoiler:This ultimately leads to Truman's "divorce" when the actress playing his wife does this at the wrong time.]]

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* ProductPlacement: Parodied since the show doesn't have actual commercials (it airs 24/7), everything Truman uses is paid for by corporate sponsors and people in Truman's life will give elaborate sales pitches of items used in their daily lives. The first instance has Truman get shoved against a placard for "Free-range Kaiser Chicken" by a set of twins via overzealous greeting, to insure ensure the placard remains in the shot. [[spoiler:This ultimately leads to Truman's "divorce" when the actress playing his wife does this at the wrong time.]]
22nd Jun '16 4:49:57 PM EBsessed
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* IsThatTheBestYouCanDo: When Christof [[spoiler: is throwing tsunami-like waters at a fleeing Truman, who manages to endure and keep sailing]], Truman looks at the sky and screams the trope title, then follows it up with the ultimate {{Determinator}} line: "YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO...''KILLLLLL MEEEEE!''"

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* IsThatTheBestYouCanDo: When Christof [[spoiler: is throwing tsunami-like waters at a fleeing Truman, who manages to endure and keep sailing]], Truman looks at the sky and screams the trope title, then follows it up with the ultimate {{Determinator}} line: "YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO...''KILLLLLL ''KIIIIILL MEEEEE!''"
18th Jun '16 8:29:35 PM arcTangent
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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Louis says this word-for-word after they realize Truman is missing.

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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Louis says this word-for-word after they realize Truman is goes missing.
14th Jun '16 5:58:01 AM EBsessed
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** Truman only begins to notice when he starts suspecting things, like when he notices that there's a lady on a red bicycle, a man carrying flowers, and a Volkswagen Beetle with a dented fender passing by his house at the exact same time, as if on a loop.

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** Truman only begins to notice when he starts suspecting things, like when he notices that there's a lady on a red bicycle, a man carrying flowers, and a Volkswagen Beetle with a dented fender passing by his house at the exact same time, time over and over all morning long, as if on a loop.
3rd Jun '16 10:16:25 AM dmcreif
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** Truman only begins to notice when he starts suspecting things. "A lady on a red bicycle, a man carrying flowers, and a car with a dented fender... they've been going in a loop around my house."

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** Truman only begins to notice when he starts suspecting things. "A things, like when he notices that there's a lady on a red bicycle, a man carrying flowers, and a car Volkswagen Beetle with a dented fender... they've been going in fender passing by his house at the exact same time, as if on a loop around my house."loop.



* {{Gaslighting}}: His entire life was this. Especially notable, though, is how Meryl and Marlon tends to chalk his increasing suspicions up to him having a mentally unbalanced episode - which is the entire definition of "gaslighting".

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* {{Gaslighting}}: His Truman's entire life was this. Especially notable, though, is how Meryl and Marlon tends to chalk his increasing suspicions up to him having a mentally unbalanced episode - which is the entire definition of "gaslighting".



** Subtly. The interviewer thanks Christof for the interview, noting how he famously values his privacy the principal thing, besides truth, he has denied Truman his whole life.

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** Subtly. The interviewer thanks Christof for the interview, noting how he famously values his privacy privacy, which is the principal thing, besides truth, he has denied Truman his whole life.



* NotListeningToMeAreYou: When Truman tells his wife he noticed "A lady on a red bicycle, a man carrying flowers, and a car with a dented bumper" has been going around the block, she tries to change the subject (possibly being told to). He angrily yells at her for not listening to a word he says.

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* NotListeningToMeAreYou: When Truman tells his wife he noticed "A a lady on a red bicycle, a man carrying flowers, and a car Volkswagen Beetle with a dented bumper" fender has been going around the block, block repeatedly on a loop, she tries to change the subject (possibly being told to). He angrily yells at her for not listening to a word he says.



* PaintingTheMedium: Whenever the camera is shot through a round lens, we know that we're seeing the scene from the viewpoint of one of the 5,000 hidden cameras. For shots impossible for the cameras to capture, a normal lens is used.

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* PaintingTheMedium: Whenever the camera is shot through a round fisheye lens, we know that we're seeing the scene from the viewpoint of one of the 5,000 hidden cameras. For shots impossible for the cameras to capture, a normal lens is used.



** In particular, there's a point where he observes that a lady on a red bike, a man with flowers, and a vintage Volkswagen beetle with a dented fender, go around the block, over and over again, and ''always in the exact same order'' at the exact same time.

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** In particular, there's a point where he observes that a lady on a red bike, a man with flowers, and a vintage Volkswagen beetle Beetle with a dented fender, go around the block, over and over again, and ''always in the exact same order'' at the exact same time.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Truman's fear of water, deliberately engineered to keep him from escaping, because the town he lives in is [[GatelessGhetto on an island]]. [[spoiler: Ironically when Truman makes his escape he goes by sea since it's the last place anyone would expect for him to go to. Indeed Christof and his staff don't figure it out long until after Truman has a head start on them.]] Another, less traumatic example is with Truman's interaction with dogs. He's initially shown to be mildly afraid of his neighbor's dalmatian, and his degree of apprehension is shown to be a result of an AngryGuardDog used as one of the earlier deterrents from leaving Seahaven. [[spoiler: Another one of the hints of his imminent escape is when he feigns fear of the dalmatian - he's no longer afraid at all of the dog.]]

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Truman's To keep Truman from escaping, he was engineered to have a fear of water, deliberately engineered to keep him from escaping, because the town he lives in is [[GatelessGhetto on an island]]. [[spoiler: Ironically when Truman makes his escape he goes by sea since it's the last place anyone would expect for him to go to. Indeed Christof and his staff don't figure it out long until after Truman has a head start on them.]] Another, less traumatic example is with Truman's interaction with dogs. He's initially shown to be mildly afraid of his neighbor's dalmatian, and his degree of apprehension is shown to be a result of an AngryGuardDog used as one of the earlier deterrents from leaving Seahaven. [[spoiler: Another one of the hints of his imminent escape is when he feigns fear of the dalmatian - he's no longer afraid at all of the dog.]]



* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Due to the setting, headlines like "Crackdown On Homeless" is front-page news.

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* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Due to Inside the setting, headlines artificial Seahaven set, stories like "Crackdown On Homeless" is are front-page news.
9th May '16 11:31:37 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* AudienceWhatAudience: PlayedForDrama - [[spoiler:Meryl choosing to perform a ProductPlacement pitch at a tense moment completely shocks Truman, with him directly asking "Who are you talking to?". It's what proves to him that she's also in on it, and it's possibly the clue that gives him the nature of what people are in on.]]

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* AudienceWhatAudience: An interesting case, given that it's PlayedForDrama - [[spoiler:Meryl choosing to perform a ProductPlacement pitch at a tense moment completely shocks Truman, with him directly asking "Who are you talking to?". It's what proves to him that she's also in on it, and it's possibly the clue that gives him the nature of what people are in on.]]
4th May '16 8:33:21 PM Edio
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* BilingualBonus: In the background of the scence when Truman's dad is being taken away, two arcs display the words "unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno", Latin for "One for All, All for One". Truman exists for the rest of the world's entertainment, and all of Seahaven exists for Truman. Perhaps better, Truman exists for the rest of the world's entertainment while that world cheers him on, resulting in some [[SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage surprisingly accurate]] [[GratuitousFrench French]] and [[GratuitousJapanese Japanese]] to represent the world at large.

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* BilingualBonus: In the background of the scence when scene where Truman's dad is being taken away, two arcs display the words "unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno", Latin for "One for All, All for One". Truman exists for the rest of the world's entertainment, and all of Seahaven exists for Truman. Perhaps better, Truman exists for the rest of the world's entertainment while that world cheers him on, resulting in some [[SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage surprisingly accurate]] [[GratuitousFrench French]] and [[GratuitousJapanese Japanese]] to represent the world at large.
4th May '16 7:49:16 AM TargetmasterJoe
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* {{Jerkass}}: A special note must be given to all the actors playing Truman's friends and family, ''especially'' the ones playing his parents it's baffling that any human being could play the part of Truman's parents, spouse, or friend for all his life and not begin to form any genuine attachment to him at all, but rather just keep lying to him. Loius Coltrane (Marlon's in-universe actor) ''may'' be an exception, as there are several hints left in -- and deleted scenes making it more explicit -- that he genuinely feels bad about it, despite having been there for much of the show as Truman's best friend. Even then he still keeps the lying up.

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* {{Jerkass}}: A special note must be given to all the actors playing Truman's friends and family, ''especially'' the ones playing his parents it's baffling that any human being could play the part of Truman's parents, spouse, or friend for all his life and not begin to form any genuine attachment to him at all, but rather just keep lying to him. Loius Louis Coltrane (Marlon's in-universe actor) ''may'' be an exception, as there are several hints left in -- and deleted scenes making it more explicit -- that he genuinely feels bad about it, despite having been there for much of the show as Truman's best friend. Even then he still keeps the lying up.



* ManChild: Downplayed version with Truman' toy-chest in the basement, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]], as he's never been allowed to grow as a person.

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* ManChild: Downplayed version with Truman' Truman's toy-chest in the basement, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]], as he's never been allowed to grow as a person.
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