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The Truman Show [1998] (1 disc)

Director:Peter Weir
Writer:Andrew Niccol
Composer:Burkhard Dallwitz
Length:102 minutes
(1 hour 42 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:New Years
Sorting Category:Drama
Sorting Tub:Golf
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Truman lives the most watched life in the world. But no one ever told him that.

Reaction: This is a good movie that challenges the idea that one man's life can be controlled by another.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Peter Weir => Director
Andrew Niccol => Writer
Burkhard Dallwitz => Composer
Blair Slater => Young Truman
Brian Delate => Truman's Father
Ed Harris => Christof
Harry Shearer => Mike Michaelson
Heidi Schanz => Vivien
Holland Taylor => Truman's Mother
Jim Carrey => Truman Burbank
Kade Coates => Truman (4 years)
Laura Linney => Meryl Burbank / Hannah Gill
Marco Rubeo => Man in Christmas Box
Natascha McElhone => Lauren / Sylvia
Noah Emmerich => Marlon
O-Lan Jones => Bar Waitress
Paul Giamatti => Control Room Director
Peter Krause => Lawrence
Sam Kitchin => Surgeon
Ted Raymond => Spencer
Terry Camilleri => Man in Bathtub
Una Damon => Chloe

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Sam Raimi was considered to direct and had met with Jim Carrey.
  • In an early scene on Truman and Meryl's kitchen table is a bottle of vitamin D - needed for those without exposure to the (real) sun.
  • When Andrew Niccol was going to direct, Gary Oldman was going to star.
  • Harry Shearer plays Mike Michaelson, the host of the TV call-in show who interviews Christof. In Edtv, which is also about a man whose life is broadcast live 24 hours a day on television, he plays a similar character, the moderator of a TV show on which panelists discuss the phenomenon of EdTV.
  • When Truman goes to visit Marlon at work, the outside view of the shop is a brief homage to [The Prisoner]. Look for the red and white awnings, and the cart (presumably Marlon's) with the single word "Goodies" printed in the Village font.
  • Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to make it feel more like a television show.
  • Dennis Hopper was originally cast as Christof, but walked off the set after his first day. Ed Harris replaced him and went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.