History Film / TheTrumanShow

9th May '17 12:21:23 PM lalalei2001
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frXlYeflkt4 This promotion]] for the film is presented as an in-universe documentary and also goes into details about the fictional cast and their lives around Truman.
26th Mar '17 12:13:11 PM JamesAustin
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* TheDeterminator: Even Christof recognizes one important truth to keeping Truman in the illusion. If he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, not out of some vague curiosity, [[TemptingFate there would be nothing they could do to stop him]].

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* TheDeterminator: {{Determinator}}: Even Christof recognizes one important truth to keeping Truman in the illusion. If he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, not out of some vague curiosity, [[TemptingFate there would be nothing they could do to stop him]].



* DiscretionShot... to a LampshadeHanging.



** The premise bears a strong similarity to ''[[spoiler:SophiesWorld]]''.



* TheHypocrite: Christof in a lot of ways, but one notable way is when he admits he likes his privacy, when for not one moment of Truman's life has he been allowed any privacy himself. He also claims the show is realistic, but when Truman really falls for an extra after dancing with her, Christof basically forces him into the relationship with the pre-chosen actress.

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* TheHypocrite: {{Hypocrite}}: Christof in a lot of ways, but one notable way is when he admits he likes his privacy, when for not one moment of Truman's life has he been allowed any privacy himself. He also claims the show is realistic, but when Truman really falls for an extra after dancing with her, Christof basically forces him into the relationship with the pre-chosen actress.



* ItsAllAboutMe: [[HumansAreBastards Unsurprisingly]], many of the actors and actresses feel and act this way. The main characters only caring with how much of a personal fortune they gross from the show's success, while Truman the star ''has nothing''. Many hate and resent what they consider to be "[[TheFriendNobodyLikes spending too much time]]" with Truman. When they were kids, Truman begged 'his best friend' Marlon to spend one night camping with him (cause that's what kids do). Marlon went off "[[PlayingSick sick for a week]]" after that. Also, at one point, Truman himself gets accused of this when he starts to suspect what's going on -- despite him being clearly unhappy with the prospect.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: [[HumansAreBastards Unsurprisingly]], many Many of the actors and actresses playing Truman's friends and family feel and act this way. The main characters only caring with how much of a personal fortune they gross from the show's success, while Truman the star ''has nothing''. Many hate and resent what they consider to be "[[TheFriendNobodyLikes spending too much time]]" with Truman. When they were kids, Truman begged 'his best friend' Marlon to spend one night camping with him (cause that's what kids do). Marlon went off "[[PlayingSick sick for a week]]" after that. Also, at one point, Truman himself gets accused of this when he starts to suspect what's going on -- despite him being clearly unhappy with the prospect.



* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: [[Creator/JimCarrey From the]] TropeNamer ''before'' [[Film/BruceAlmighty he named the trope]].

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* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: [[Creator/JimCarrey From the]] TropeNamer the {{Trope Namer|s}} Creator/JimCarrey ''before'' [[Film/BruceAlmighty he named the trope]].trope in ''Film/BruceAlmighty''.



** 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 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.



* ThemeNaming: Fittingly for a town populated entirely by actors, the characters and places in Seahaven are named after famous film stars [[Creator/MerylStreep Meryl (Streep)]], [[Creator/MarlonBrando Marlon (Brando)]], [[Creator/LaurenBacall Lauren (Bacall)]] (last name [[Creator/JudyGarland (Judy) Garland)]], [[Creator/KirkDouglas Kirk (Douglas)]], [[Creator/AngelaLansbury Angela (Lansbury)]], Spencer (Tracy), Vivien (Leigh), [[Creator/ErrolFlynn Errol (Flynn)]], [[Creator/OrsonWelles (Orson) Welles]] Park, [[Creator/JimmyStewart (James) Stewart]] Street, (Burt) Lancaster Square, (John, Ethel, and Lionel) Barrymore Street, etc. And, to put the cherry on top, "(Truman) Burbank," like the town in California with all the film studios.

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* ThemeNaming: Fittingly for a town populated entirely by actors, the characters and places in Seahaven are named after famous film stars [[Creator/MerylStreep Meryl (Streep)]], [[Creator/MarlonBrando Marlon (Brando)]], [[Creator/LaurenBacall Lauren (Bacall)]] (last name [[Creator/JudyGarland (Judy) Garland)]], [[Creator/KirkDouglas Kirk (Douglas)]], [[Creator/AngelaLansbury Angela (Lansbury)]], [[Creator/SpencerTracy Spencer (Tracy), (Tracy)]], [[Creator/VivienLeigh Vivien (Leigh), (Leigh)]], [[Creator/ErrolFlynn Errol (Flynn)]], [[Creator/OrsonWelles (Orson) Welles]] Park, [[Creator/JimmyStewart (James) Stewart]] Street, [[Creator/BurtLancaster (Burt) Lancaster Lancaster]] Square, (John, Ethel, and Lionel) Barrymore Street, etc. And, to put the cherry on top, "(Truman) Burbank," like the town in California with all the film studios.
24th Mar '17 7:08:44 PM Typhon
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''The Truman Show'', a 1998 ScienceFiction [[BlackComedy dark comedy]]/drama directed by Peter Weir and starring Creator/JimCarrey, is widely considered one of the best movies of both men's careers.

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''The Truman Show'', a 1998 ScienceFiction [[BlackComedy dark comedy]]/drama directed by Peter Weir Creator/PeterWeir and starring Creator/JimCarrey, is widely considered one of the best movies of both men's careers.
21st Mar '17 2:36:20 PM eroock
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* OminousFog: During the reunion between Truman and his father, Christof tells his staff to go easy on the fog.
10th Mar '17 11:19:28 PM mlsmithca
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* BlatantLies: When Christof informs Sylvia that Truman could leave his reality if he really wanted to. Eventually he does, but the number of obstacales placed in his way show that it's not something Cristof wants to 'let' happen.

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* BlatantLies: When Christof informs Sylvia that Truman could leave his reality if he really wanted to. Eventually he does, but the number of obstacales placed in his way show that it's not something Cristof Christof wants to 'let' happen.



* TheHypocrite: Cristof in a lot of ways, but one notable way is when he admits he likes his privacy, when for not one moment of Truman's life has he been allowed any privacy himself.
** Cristof claims the show is realistic, but when Truman really falls for an extra after dancing with her, Truman basically forces him into the relationship with the pre-chosen actress.

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* TheHypocrite: Cristof Christof in a lot of ways, but one notable way is when he admits he likes his privacy, when for not one moment of Truman's life has he been allowed any privacy himself.
** Cristof
himself. He also claims the show is realistic, but when Truman really falls for an extra after dancing with her, Truman Christof basically forces him into the relationship with the pre-chosen actress.



* IronicEcho: "In case I don't see ya, [[MomentOfAwesome good afternoon, good evening, and good night]]" at the end of the film.
* {{Irony}}: Cristof says it's a reality show, but the moment any hint of reality starts getting in, it's wiped out, and if Truman's life hadn't been so tightly controlled he might have worked it all out years ago.

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* IronicEcho: "In case I don't see ya, [[MomentOfAwesome good afternoon, good evening, and good night]]" night" at the end of the film.
* {{Irony}}: Cristof Christof says it's a reality show, but the moment any hint of reality starts getting in, it's wiped out, and if Truman's life hadn't been so tightly controlled he might have worked it all out years ago.



* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: [[Creator/JimCarrey From the]] TropeNamer ''before'' [[Film/BruceAlmighty he named the trope]]. See MomentOfAwesome, above.

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* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: [[Creator/JimCarrey From the]] TropeNamer ''before'' [[Film/BruceAlmighty he named the trope]]. See MomentOfAwesome, above.



* WhamLine: For Truman, at least "[[INeverToldYouMyName You're welcome, Truman.]]"
** Also, Meryl's "Do something!"
* WhatTheHellHero: Sylvia's [[MomentOfAwesome phone call to Christof]]:

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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For Truman, at least "[[INeverToldYouMyName You're welcome, Truman.]]"
** Also, Meryl's "Do something!"
* WhatTheHellHero: Sylvia's [[MomentOfAwesome phone call to Christof]]:Christof:



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Okay, not shooting... but why does Cristof need to have his actors change their names? Why does Hannah need Truman calling her Meryl when he'll never know her as anybody else but Meryl? It boils down to two factors really, both of which are slightly sick and make the show less realistic:
** By always calling them by the names of their characters, Cristof creates an extra emotional layer between them and Truman and keeps the actors from getting ''too'' attached to Truman and revealing the truth.
** It's not enough for Cristoff to have full control of Truman; this gives him even more psychological control over the lives of every person living in the show.

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Okay, not shooting... but why does Cristof Christof need to have his actors change their names? Why does Hannah need Truman calling her Meryl when he'll never know her as anybody else but Meryl? It boils down to two factors really, both of which are slightly sick and make the show less realistic:
** By always calling them by the names of their characters, Cristof Christof creates an extra emotional layer between them and Truman and keeps the actors from getting ''too'' attached to Truman and revealing the truth.
** It's not enough for Cristoff Christof to have full control of Truman; this gives him even more psychological control over the lives of every person living in the show.



* XanatosSpeedChess: Whenever Truman ends up going OffTheRails from whatever it was Christof wanted to happen, Christof acts quickly to engineer events that not only [[RailRoading get him back on track]], but also at the same time spin the unexpected events into an interesting plot point.
** When Hanna/Meryl quits the show after Truman breaks down, Cristof decides to fix it by bringing in a new love interest - who is of course, just another actress.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: Whenever Truman ends up going OffTheRails from whatever it was Christof wanted to happen, Christof acts quickly to engineer events that not only [[RailRoading get him back on track]], but also at the same time spin the unexpected events into an interesting plot point.
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point. When Hanna/Meryl quits the show after Truman breaks down, Cristof Christof decides to fix it by bringing in a new love interest - who is of course, just another actress.
10th Mar '17 11:04:35 PM mlsmithca
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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Truman's morning commutes are invariably accompanied by Mozart; either the concluding [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quxTnEEETbo Rondo alla Turca]] from Piano Sonata No.11 or the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLxrPQI9gLU first movement]] of his Horn Concerto No.1. His memories of his short-lived romance with Lauren/Sylvia, meanwhile, feature the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSSx9Z7-dJQ second movement]] from Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1.



* RealityShow: It essentially encapsulated the idea and then ''{{Deconstructed}}'' ''[[UnbuiltTrope it before it became popular]]''. For all the trappings of reality the show and its creators try to give it, it's still plotted and only has an illusion of choice.

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* RealityShow: It essentially encapsulated the idea and then ''{{Deconstructed}}'' ''[[UnbuiltTrope ''{{Deconstructed}} [[UnbuiltTrope it before it became popular]]''. For all the trappings of reality the show and its creators try to give it, it's still plotted and only has an illusion of choice.
9th Mar '17 9:36:30 AM 32_Footsteps
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* BadBadActing: A lot of the actors on the show aren't actually that great at their 'parts'. The extras passing through flub their lines, the regulars are only mediocre in their emotional displays with Truman, and for a reality show, they're absolutely ''terrible'' at improvising and all too often have their lines fed directly to them.

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* BadBadActing: BadBadActing:
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A lot of the actors on the show aren't actually that great at their 'parts'. The extras passing through flub their lines, the regulars are only mediocre in their emotional displays with Truman, and for a reality show, they're absolutely ''terrible'' at improvising and all too often have their lines fed directly to them.them.
** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape]]. He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it]].



%%* KnightTemplarParent: Christof.

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%%* * KnightTemplarParent: Christof.Christof, in a sense. He fits in the father-figure role quite well, being the one in charge of the day-to-day operation of everything in Seahaven, and he tries to micromanage Truman's life, down to picking out Turman's spouse.



%%* MissingTheGoodStuff



* StepfordSuburbia: Subverted in that Seahaven's ''designed'' to be unreal.

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* StepfordSuburbia: Subverted [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in that Seahaven's ''designed'' to be unreal.
3rd Mar '17 10:52:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ImmoralRealityShow: The entire conceit of the movie is that Truman, an apparently ordinary dude living in a small seaside town, is being watched by an audience 24/7, and that everyone around him is really an actor who's being paid to keep him in the dark. Basically, a man's whole life has been completely stolen for the amusement of millions of viewers.
18th Feb '17 3:37:41 AM eroock
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* BorderPatrol: We see an AngryGuardDog barking at Truman (as a kid) when he was trying to get out of his world's boundaries.
14th Feb '17 4:55:54 PM jamespolk
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** It goes even further in the very next scene, where Christof talks to Truman through a speaker, his voice echoing and even coming from a ray of light behind the clouds.
** "I am the creator [long conspicuous mid-sentence pause] of a television show...."

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** It goes even further in the very next scene, where Christof talks to Truman through a speaker, his voice echoing and even coming from a ray of light behind the clouds.
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clouds: "I am the creator [long conspicuous mid-sentence pause] of a television show...."



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The film takes place over five days. The opening credits identify the first day as Day 10,909; when Christof cuts transmission after Truman has gone missing, a brief shot at the Truman Bar shows it to be Day 10,913.
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