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True Stories (1986)

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A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.

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David Byrne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Louis Fyne
Annie McEnroe ... Kay Culver
Jo Harvey Allen ... The Lying Woman
Spalding Gray ... Earl Culver
Alix Elias ... The Cute Woman
Roebuck 'Pops' Staples Roebuck 'Pops' Staples ... Mr. Tucker
Tito Larriva ... Ramon (as Humberto 'Tito' Larriva)
John Ingle ... The Preacher
Matthew Posey ... The Computer Guy
David Byrne ... Narrator / Lip-Syncher
Swoosie Kurtz ... The Lazy Woman
Amy Buffington Amy Buffington ... Linda Culver
Richard Dowlearn Richard Dowlearn ... Larry Culver
Capucine De Wulf Capucine De Wulf ... The Little Girl on the Road (as Capucine DeWulf)
Cynthia Gould Cynthia Gould ... Factory Girl #1
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Storyline

David Byrne of Talking Heads fame visits a typical (and fictional) Texas town, on the eve of the town's celebration of the state's sesquicentennial. He meets various colorful local characters, most notably Lewis Fyne, a big-hearted bachelor in search of matrimony. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@aol.com>

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A Completely Cool, Multi-Purpose Movie. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alithines istories See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,545,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,545,142
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Puzzling Evidence" segment of the film was inspired by the Church of the Sub-Genius, a parody religion to which David Byrne is an adherent. In "church" lore, Puzzling Evidence is the name of the assassin of the religion's fictional founder, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. See more »

Goofs

As the narrator is walking through the mall, we see Waldenbooks more than once. See more »

Quotes

Earl Culver: Let me show you what I think is going on...
Linda Culver: Do you hear music?
Narrator: [to Larry, sotto voce] Is there something wrong with your sister?
Earl Culver: Main... frame! Micro-processor! Semi-conductor!
Linda Culver: All right, Daddy!
Larry Culver: [simultaneously with Linda] All right, Dad!
Earl Culver: Now. If this is the town... and here is the workplace...
[starts arranging the food ont he table to make a map]
Earl Culver: with its goods... and distribution network... Now, most middle-class people have worked for large corporations, like VeriCorp. Or for the government ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

1. Two columns of rolling credits run at different speeds. Left faster than right, then right faster than left. See more »

Alternate Versions

The talent show acts were longer in the original, unreleased version. See more »

Connections

Featured in 1987 MTV Video Music Awards (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Technological Love Story
Written and Performed by David Byrne
Produced by Talking Heads
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Funny and touching
10 April 1999 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

Although some scenes (like the fashion show) are clear absurdist parodies, Byrne tends to approach his topics more as an observer than a critic. Often the tone is sympathetic, never critical.

Although much of Byrne's commentary is at best cryptic or anticlimactic ("Personally, I believe -- I can see Ft. Worth from here."), there is much profundity beneath the absurdism. Byrne's reflections on forgetting are particularly apt.

This is not a film to approach with any expectations. Just watch and absorb, and let what you see percolate in your mind.

John Goodman's character is also the most charming Everyman to grace the screen since Marty.

The music sequences are also among the best I've ever seen.

Rent it and watch it on a big screen TV. Watch sober. Watch under the influence of your favorite mind-altering substance. Watch alone. Watch with friends. Watch when you're alert and rested. Watch when you're tired. Watch again and again.


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