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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

"It's 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

David Byrne modelled the character of The Narrator after folksy radio personality Paul Harvey and at one point considered offering Harvey the role. As well, Byrne offered the role of Louis Fyne to TV weatherman Willard Scott, who turned it down. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[last lines]
Narrator: This isn't a rental car - it's privately owned.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. The title appears on white letters against a black screen. This is followed by a screen with the words "A film about a bunch of people from Virgil Texas." See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Wild LIfe
Written by David Byrne
Produced and Performed by Talking Heads
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A true 80's showpiece
10 March 2003 | by duane-24See all my reviews

Of all movies that seem to, for some reason, want to glorify the 80's - this film shows us simply how we were. Should be placed in the Smithsonian.

Don't compare it to Guffman or any other movie. I doubt Byrne thought of it as any sort of genre piece - in fact it's hardly a movie at all. It's simply what happens when a talented performance artist is given a lot of money.

I weep, however, for Warner Brother's marketing department as they tried to sell it. All in all they failed. Tag line should be: "We gave David Byrne a lot of money to make a movie, come see what he made."

Follow the "external review" link to Roger Ebert's excellent review.


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