The Truman Show (1998)

Directed by
Peter Weir

Director Peter Weir certainly had his hands full with this unusual satirical comedy drama, but pulled off a remarkably assured, dazzling and memorable film, spearheaded by a powerhouse - and Golden Globe-winning - performance from Jim Carrey.

Nearly 30 years ago the Omnicam Corporation set out on a unique televisual experiment - to film one person's life from birth to death. That person is Truman Burbank (Carrey), the star of The Truman Show. But Burbank has no idea that the top-rated TV programme exists or that his life and his world are a sham. He thinks he lives in Seahaven, but in fact the island community is a giant television production set, located in a huge studio.

Burbank's apparently idyllic lifestyle is turned on its head when he gradually begins to realise that something is not quite right about his perfect hometown and the people who live there. Burbank - and his addicted viewers - are unprepared for the repercussions when he discovers the truth...

With superb support from Ed Harris as Burbank's creator Christof, this 1998 film is a sophisticated and compelling comment on society's fears about media control. Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1998

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Jim CarreyJim Carrey...Truman Burbank
Image for Laura LinneyLaura Linney...Meryl
Noah Emmerich...Marlon
Natascha McElhone...Lauren/Sylvia
Holland Taylor...Truman's Mother
Brian Delate...Truman's Father
Blair Slater...Young Truman
Peter Krause...Lawrence
Heidi Schanz...Vivien
Image for Tiny RonTiny Ron...Ron
Don Taylor...Don
Ted Raymond...Spencer
Judy Clayton...Travel Agent
Fritz Dominique...Truman's Neighbor
Angel Schmiedt...Truman's Neighbor