The Truman Show

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A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.



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Jim Carrey gives a remarkable performance as a man learning that his entire life in a storybook coastal village has been the subject of a live, 24-hour-a-day womb-to-tomb television drama.


Jim Carrey
as Truman Burbank
Ed Harris
as Christof
Natascha McElhone
as Lauren/Sylvia
Blair Slater
as Young Truman
Peter Krause
as Lawrence
Harry Shearer
as Mike Michaelson
Terry Camilleri
as Man in Bathtub
Ted Raymond
as Spencer
Judy Clayton
as Travel Agent
Paul Giamatti
as Simeon/Control Room Director
Fritz Dominique
as Truman's Neighbor
Angel Schmiedt
as Truman's Neighbor
Nastassja Schmiedt
as Truman's Neighbor
Muriel Moore
as Teacher
Mal Jones
as News Vendor
Judson Vaughn
as Insurance Co-Worker
Earl Hilliard Jr.
as Ferry Worker
David Andrew Nash
as Bus Driver/Ferry Captain
Jim Towers
as Bus Supervisor
Savannah Swafford
as Little Girl in Bus
Antoni Corone
as Security Guard
Mario Ernesto Sánchez
as Security Guard
John Roselius
as Man at Beach
Kade Coates
as Truman (age 4)
Sam Kitchin
as Surgeon
Dave Corey
as Hospital Security Guard
Mark Alan Gillott
as Policeman at Power Plant
Jay Saiter
as Policeman at Truman's House
Tony Todd
as Policeman at Truman's House
Marco Rubeo
as Man in Christmas Box
Daryl K. Davis
as Woman at Picnic Table
Robert Davis
as Man at Picnic Table
R.J. Murdock
as Production Assistant
Matthew McDonough
as Man at Newstand
Larry McDowell
as Man at Newstand
Joseph Lucus
as Ticket Taker
Adam Tomei
as Control Room Director
Una Damon
as Chloe
Philip Baker Hall
as Network Executive
John Pleshette
as Network Executive
Philip Glass
as Keyboard Artist
John Pramik
as Keyboard Artist
O-Lan Jones
as Bar Waitress
Joe Minjares
as Bartender
Al Foster
as Bar Patron
Zoaunne LeRoy
as Bar Patron
Millie Slavin
as Bar Patron
Dona Hardy
as Senior Citizen
Jeanette Miller
as Senior Citizen
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Garage Attendant
Tom Simmons
as Garage Attendant
Carly Smiga
as Daughter
Yuji Okumoto
as Japanese Family Member
Kiyoko Yamaguchi
as Japanese Family Member
Saemi Nakamura
as Japanese Family Member
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Critic Reviews for The Truman Show

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  • One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Truman Show finds a near-miraculous balance of humor and feeling in the keen intelligence of the script by Andrew Niccol and the prodigal inventiveness of Dead Poets Society director Peter Weir at his very best.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • To be sure, the movie has plenty of laughs, but like sunlight on the deceptively calm surface of the sea, its light humor dances fitfully over dark and dangerous undercurrents.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Peter Weir's film is so cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed that it almost seems like a fresh thought. And even if it doesn't, it nevertheless forms the basis of a very witty exercise.

    Aug 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Truman Show

  • May 30, 2016
    The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey in his prime as the titular character, Truman, whose life is a complete lie. Truman lives in an artificial world with actors and extras in the "world's largest set," and his life is recorded and broadcast worldwide 24 hours a day. While the premise is ridiculous, there's actually a lot of substance here. Carrey shines in the lead role as he discovers the lies of his life. The cinematography is brilliant as the viewer always knows when the movie is being viewed through a TV camera by use of curved off edges around each corner. Philip Glass provides original scoring as well as famous piano works, and his music is very passionate with the mood of the film. The subtext of the movie, highlighting the absurdities of following a person's every meaningless move, is even more relevant in today's world than at the time of its release. For those who are a fan of Jim Carrey, this is a must-see. Depth of the movie aside, The Truman Show is a fun and heartfelt achievement.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    Arguably one of the best satirical film and one of the few films where I could stand Jim Carrey. I loved everything about the film, the 50s set design, the dark dialogues and the underlying message about the celebrity culture. It is a story of a man trapped from his birth and his quest to recover his freedom.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    Jim Carrey stars in the smart and satirical comedy The Truman Show. Unbeknownst to him, Truman Burbank, a small-town insurance salesman, is the star of his own 24-hour television show, but slowly he starts to realize that his life is a facade. Co-starring Ed Harris, Laura Linney, and Natascha McElhone, the performances are pretty good. And the film presents some interesting issues, such as the media culture and subjective reality. However, the material is a little underserved by the story. Though it doesn't quite meet its ambitious goals, The Truman Show is an impressive film with a powerful message.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2013
    I tend to like the film's broader, more philosophical ideas than any of the satirical and "prophetic" observations about the media. And really, the whole thing only works because of Jim Carrey's performance. Its the perfect balance of his charm and manic energy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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