Truman Show

Truman Show

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Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris

     
 

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Peter Weir directed this comedy-drama, a commentary on all-pervasive media manipulation. Scripted by Andrew M. Niccol (Gattaca), the film plays like a combination of the British TV series The Prisoner and Paul Bartel's The Secret Cinema. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is unaware that his entire life is a hugely popular 24-hour-a-day TV series. InSee more details below

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Peter Weir directed this comedy-drama, a commentary on all-pervasive media manipulation. Scripted by Andrew M. Niccol (Gattaca), the film plays like a combination of the British TV series The Prisoner and Paul Bartel's The Secret Cinema. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is unaware that his entire life is a hugely popular 24-hour-a-day TV series. In this real-time documentary, every moment of Truman's existence is captured by concealed cameras and telecast to a giant global audience. His friends and family are actors who smile pleasantly at Truman's familiar catchphrase greeting, "In case I don't see you later, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!" Employed at an insurance company, Truman is married to merry Meryl (Laura Linney), and they live in the cheerful community of Seahaven, an island "paradise" where the weather is always mild and no unpleasantness intrudes. This is the basic situation of the series, which has grown over the years into a billion-dollar franchise for the TV network. As an unwanted pregnancy, Truman was adopted by the network and raised in the zoolike environment of a TV soundstage. Thus, the TV audience became hooked when Truman was very young. Now, at age 30, he still doesn't know he's a prisoner on an immense domed city-size soundstage, simulating Seahaven. Both the illusion and the ratings will collapse if Truman ever leaves Seahaven. In addition to elaborate events staged to make sure he stays put, Truman is given constant reminders of how wonderful Seahaven is compared to dangers in other parts of the world. However, his growing suspicions make him curious enough to try to leave, and the show's director and master manipulator Christof (Ed Harris) must constantly devise ways to thwart Truman's escape attempts. To enter the harbor, Truman must overcome his fear of water, intentionally instilled in him when his father "died" in a boating accident and was written out of the script. Exteriors were filmed in the Victorian-styled upscale community of Seaside, Florida. In addition to the Burkhard Dallwitz score, original music by Philip Glass and classical excerpts are also featured.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Recalling such satires of TV mania as Network (1976) and Real Life (1979), Peter Weir's The Truman Show (1998) takes aim at the consumers and creators of the ultimate TV celebrity-victim. Shooting from a number of "hidden camera" angles as Truman Burbank goes about his day, Weir blends the eponymous TV show with the film, complete with a "making of" documentary. With the perfection of the Seahaven "set" evincing a Twilight Zone creepiness, Truman's life is both banal family drama and sitcom, yet the slack-jawed viewers never turn it off; TV mastermind Christof is the deity the audience deserves. As Christof struggles to maintain control once Truman figures out the truth, the limits of Truman's life visualize his existential dilemma as a media-made entity -- and a metaphor for our own imprisonment in a culture defined by media and consumerism. The movie's brutal final image directs its criticisms as much at a passive, sensation-seeking audience as at those who provide the sensations; this cold climax deprives the movie of its potentially happy ending, turning its commentary back on the audience as might a Stanley Kubrick film. Originally written by Andrew Niccol in 1993, the film's critique was rendered all the more timely by such 1990s voyeuristic excesses as afternoon talk shows and MTV's The Real World; Jim Carrey's atypically low-key presence as Truman was in itself a comment on media stardom. A substantial summer hit, The Truman Show received Oscar nominations for Director, Screenplay, and Ed Harris's Machiavellian Christof, while critical kudos affirmed Carrey's dramatic talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301492
Original Release:
1998
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
16,732

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Truman Burbank
Laura Linney Meryl
Ed Harris Christof
Noah Emmerich Marlon
Natascha McElhone Lauren/Sylvia
Holland Taylor Truman's Mother
Brian Delate Truman's Father
Una Damon Chloe
Paul Giamatti Control Room Director
Philip Baker Hall Network Executive
Peter Krause Lawrence
John Pleshette Network Executive
Heidi Schanz Vivien
Blair Slater Young Truman

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
William M. Anderson Editor
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Cinesite Special Effects
Alan B. Curtiss Asst. Director
Burkhard Dallwitz Score Composer
Ed Feldman Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Philip Glass Score Composer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. McAlister Special Effects Supervisor
Thomas Minton Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Niccol Producer,Screenwriter
Odin R. Oldenburg Set Decoration/Design
Lynne Pleshette Executive Producer
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Luke Rothschild Co-producer
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Producer
Lee Smith Editor

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