The Straight Story / B2 / Japan


The Straight Story
Year of Film
David Lynch
Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Ed Grennan, Jack Walsh, James Cada, Wiley Harker, Kevin Farley
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Biography | Drama
Type of Poster
Style of Poster
Origin of Poster
Year of Poster
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS

David Lynch‘s brilliant The Straight Story is an uncharacteristically warm and natural film, quite unlike anything else in the director’s filmography, although it still features unmistakably Lynchian touches. The plot is based on the true story of elderly World War II veteran Alvin Straight who, unable to obtain a driver’s licence, travelled over 240 miles on a sit-down lawnmower to visit his brother who had suffered a stroke. Richard Farnsworth, a former stuntman turned character actor, played Alvin in a oscar-nominated performance, and Sissy Spacek featured as his mentally disabled daughter Rose. Legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton appears as Alvin’s brother. Farnsworth was suffering from terminal cancer at the time he made the film and he sadly took his own life only months after filming had wrapped.

This Japanese poster features a unique design with a profile shot of Alvin riding the tractor at night underneath a hand-scrawled title. The film is frustratingly unavailable on blu-ray at the moment but I hold out hope that Disney will see fit to release it sometime soon.

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  1. Author
    Posted by $onny
    Date Posted
    on 7 February 2019

    Need to know who designed this poster! The inspiration behind the poster, David Lynch’s thoughts on the poster. I’m obsessed with art that is day time with black starry sky like this (if that makes sense). Has a real 90’s feel to it (as it should since the film came out in 1999 and based in the 90’s).

    guessing the inspiration might be because the film starts and ends with a starry night sky, and that Alvin likes looking up at the stars… I don’t know, it’s one of my favourite posters and I wish there was more art like this as well as on posters.