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The Straight Story

Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices | 35mm print!

Come early, starting at 6:30pm, to have a taste of Ryan Patrick Vineyards’ Redhead Red!

Based on a true story, this is Lynch’s most straightforward film – a poetic and moving tale of one man’s picturesque odyssey through the heartland of America.

“A great, haunting film. The sweetest and most compassionate movie Lynch has ever made.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

In The Straight Story, legendary actor Robert Farnsworth (in his final, Oscar-nominated film role) plays Alvin Straight, a retired and widowed farmer in his 70s who learns one day that his estranged older brother, Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton), has had a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Ever resourceful, and despite the protests of his daughter (Sissy Spacek), Alvin hits upon the idea of making the cross country trip on the only vehicle he owns – an ancient riding lawnmower. And thus begins a road adventure unlike any other, as Alvin hits the highway at a slow and steady pace in route to one last reunion with his unsuspecting brother. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, Lynch’s deceptively simple and often deeply emotional road movie chronicles Alvin’s patient journey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his ’66 John Deere, Alvin encounters a collection of compelling (and sometimes odd) strangers, including a teenage runaway and a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life’s earned wisdom with the stories he tells, Alvin has a profound impact on all those who color his pilgrimage. A delightfully warm-hearted change of filmmaking pace for Lynch, and one that surprised many of his hardcore fans (the creator of Eraserhead offers up a G-rated film from Disney?), The Straight Story beautifully proves that the famously avant-garde director can be just as effective when telling the story “straight.” (Dir. by David Lynch, 1999, USA, 112 mins., Rated G)