G | | Biography, Drama
An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
Richard Farnsworth was terminally ill with bone cancer during the shooting of the film, which had caused the paralysis of his legs as shown in the film. He actually took the role out of admiration for Alvin Straight, and astonished his co-workers with his tenacity during production. Because of the pain of his disease, Farnsworth committed suicide the following year, at the age of 80.
Rose 'Rosie' Straight: Hi Dorothy.
Early in the film it was established that it is "harvest time". As Alvin is on his journey a slew of bicyclists pass him and later he motors into their camp. The only explanation for this event would be RAGBRAI, which happens in mid-late July.
Special thanks to the Alvin Straight family
$92,312 (USA) (17 October 1999)
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