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[[caption-width-right:240:A heartwarming, uplifting film for the whole family from [[Creator/DavidLynch the man]] who brought us ''{{Film/Eraserhead}}'' and ''Film/BlueVelvet''...]]

''The Straight Story'' is a 1999 film produced by [[{{Creator/Disney}} Walt Disney Pictures]] and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. It stars RichardFarnsworth in the eponymous role along with SissySpacek and HarryDeanStanton.

The film is based on the true story of a man named Alvin Straight. Straight, an elderly World War II and Korean War veteran living with his brain-damaged daughter Rose, hears that his estranged brother Lyle has had a stroke. Disappointed that he's never made up for the incident that (he was drunk at the time) led to their split, he decides to reconcile with Lyle before one of them dies.

[[NotSoFast Unfortunately]], Straight is almost blind and half paralyzed, which leaves him unable to walk long distances or get a legal driver's license. [[{{Determinator}} Unwilling to let life end this way]], he hitches a trailer to his riding lawnmower and proceeds to tackle the 240 mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin so that he may make amends with his sick brother.

Creator/DavidLynch [[PlayingAgainstType directs the sweetest, gentlest movie you could imagine]].

Not to be confused with ''StraightStory'', a Greek movie about straight couples in a gay world.
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!!TheStraightStory provides examples of:
* {{Biopic}}: There was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Straight real Alvin Straight]], though unfortunately he did not live to see the film.
* BlatantLies: The doctor tells Alvin he's dying (not in so many words, but still). When Alvin's brain damaged daughter asks how it went:
-->'''Alvin:''' Doctor said I'll live to be a hundred.
* CainAndAbel: Alvin and Lyle, even suggested by Alvin himself.
* ChildSoldiers: Invoked by Alvin, who mentions having to kill German soldiers during the war who couldn't have been more than seventeen.
* CoolOldGuy
* DawsonCasting: Averted, Richard Farnsworth was the exact same age as Alvin Straight. Thus, he became the oldest actor ever to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.
* {{Determinator}}: Alvin Straight's biggest flaw, oddly enough. His life would probably be better if he stopped drinking when his brother wanted him to and listened to his doctor. Still, you have to say something for a man who's blind and barely able to walk who is able to make it across the country to visit his brother.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: The man's name is Straight, but calling the movie "The Straight Story" makes joking reference to the fact that Creator/DavidLynch is [[PlayingWithATrope "playing it straight"]] and telling a coherent, mainstream "story" instead of [[MindScrew screwing with your head]] as usual.
* [[PlayingAgainstType Directing Against Type]]: Would you believe that Creator/DavidLynch made a movie that ''isn't'' a MindScrew? [[note]]Although technically this is OlderThanTheyThink since he had directed TheElephantMan back in 1980......[[/note]]
** Notable opening credits: "[[ARareSentence Walt Disney Pictures presents... a film by David Lynch]]".
** A G-rated Disney movie by David Lynch is very nearly a mind-screw in its own right.
** On the other side of things, the subject matter isn't necessarily something you would immediately associate with Disney.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Not in the movie, but a meta-example. Richard Farnsworth was going to turn down the film because he didn't like the language in ''BlueVelvet''. Only several personal assurances by Lynch and the other writers that the film would contain no cursing did he agree to do it.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Everett [=McGill=] as a tractor salesman, Chris Farley's brothers as repairmen, Sissy Spacek as Rose Straight, and [[spoiler: Harry Dean Stanton]] as Lyle.
* InformedFlaw: Alvin's alcoholism to an extent. In the film he's been reformed for years, but the movie makes it very clear the toll that hard living has had on him. Also, averted in RealLife - Richard Farnsworth really was half-blind and half-paralyzed. Indeed, the actor committed suicide shortly after the film rather than bear extremely painful and obviously terminal bone cancer.
* LighterAndSofter: Big time compared to the rest of David Lynch's filmography.
* NoAntagonist: Every character who appears in the film is a good person in some sense of the word; the closest we ever get is the fact that there are some people who try to talk Alvin out of the journey, and even then they're just concerned for his safety.
* ProductionPosse: Yes, despite its sweet and straightforward nature, Lynch still uses a great many actors from his other films in this one.
* RousseauWasRight: There is not a single character in this movie to be actually unpleasant. More or less everyone is a saint.
* SceneryPorn
* ShellShockedSenior: Alvin
* SignatureStyle: If you pay attention during a Creator/DavidLynch movie to anything other than the abstract weirdness, you'll be amazed how much this actually ''does'' resemble his previous work.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: [[spoiler: Harry Dean Stanton]] plays Lyle.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Strongly Idealistic.
* VerbalTic: Rose Straight has difficulty speaking and forces her words out in short bursts. This causes people to assume she's mentally challenged, but Alvin assures us she's perfectly intelligent.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: Dorothy: "What's the number for 911?"
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