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The Truman Show [DVD] [1998]

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  • Release Date: 08/29/2017
  • Rating: PG

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    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (30 out of 33)


    The Truman Show
    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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Jim Carrey
      Jim Carrey - Truman Burbank
    • Laura Linney
      Laura Linney - Meryl
    • Ed Harris
      Ed Harris - Christof
    • Noah Emmerich
      Noah Emmerich - Marlon
    • Natascha McElhone
      Natascha McElhone - Lauren/Sylvia

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    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Jim Carrey in a unique "reality show" movie

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      Jim Carrey's character, Truman, is famous without knowing it. I think there are many celebrities that might like having fame like he has. Having the whole world watching him, loving him, and looking forward to what each new day brings. But to have the character completely oblivious to that fact. I have loved this movie for years, but watching it again now made me see a different angle that I had not picked up on before... How did he grow up, and have a life in this controlled town, and not realize it was a fabricated town, with the same daily routines. Was the repetition the key to him not becoming aware of his surroundings for so long? I would like to think I am observant enough to notice that it all seemed a bit too "perfect", and staged. But then again, if we are content with our lives, I am sure we miss things right in front of our eyes. Sorry for the side rant there... This movie is a fun adventure, that really is appropriate for the "reality show" world we live in on tv. So much that is "in theory" unscripted... but we all know that all the reality shows are guided to increase ratings. Whether that is putting two people in a situation that is known to cause drama, or splitting up tribes because they are too comfortable to shake things up. Do we really think those were just planned mergers or splits? I am sure they were planned in developing shows, but the timing, that is what they play with to try to drive ratings. Reality is not real, no matter what the studios say, and the studios love them as they get cheap actors and actresses, only having to pay the host, and the winners. Cash cow! It's all about the Benjamins.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not Jim Carrey's Typical Role

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      Definitely a breath of fresh air watching this back in the day for the first time noticing that Jim Carrey was playing a more serious role. He does a great job in this drama binging out another side in his acting chops.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      This is the best Jim Carrey movie I have ever seen. It is nice to see him doing a drama that is so good. Everyone has seen the silly movies he has done, but it is nice to see him show that he can be a dramatic actor and be very good at it. This is a great price as well.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great turn for Carrey


      This is a very well acted, well written masterpiece of a movie. I am very glad that Jim took the lead in this, you will not be used to seeing him in a movie like this. He is sincere and lovable as Truman and you will love watching the storyline unfold

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      While Jim Carrey is mostly known for comedies this movie shows how good of an actor he is. The first time I saw this movie I was amazed by how great it was. This is one of the few movies I would recommend to anyone.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Jim Carey at his finest -


      I don't think the other reviewer is too much of a fan of JCarrey, but this movie shows him in a whole different light. The plot is not at all dull, how anyone could say that just didn't get it -

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      The Truman Show is quite possibly the best movie of all time. I enjoy the movie more every time I watch it, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone looking for a movie with great acting and an incredible storyline.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!


      The Truman Show was such a great movie! Jim Carrey was awesome in the movie and the acting overall was very good. And it was quite a unique story. It was great to see it on Blu-Ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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