Film Screening 24th May, 2001

Poster for The Straight Story

The Straight Story 

8:00 PM, 24th May, 2001

  • G
  • 111 mins
  • 1999
  • David Lynch
  • John Roach, Mary Sweeney
  • Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek

Superb, heart-warming story of poor, aged farmer (Farnsworth) who, unable to drive due to age and heath, leaves his slightly retarded middle-aged daughter (Spacek) and drives his lawnmower over 300 miles along rural roads to visit his sick brother, from whom he has been estranged for years. The story, based on a true incident, is a slice of mid-west rural America. The good, honest folk who help him along the way reinforce our faith in the better side of human nature. Reminiscences with an elderly farmer he meets along the way of WW2 experiences, lend an insight into the lives, thoughts, and trials of the common man. Farnsworth, on which the entire story hinges (and who was nominated for an Oscar) plays the role with a simple dignity that permeates the film. The story and its outcome are uplifting, but the ending, which informs us that the brothers passed away shortly afterward, leaves us with a lingering sadness.

Bob Warn