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THE STRAIGHT STORY (1999) (G)

April 27, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston Street, Kingston

Note: Screening is on the fourth Saturday of the month This biographical drama chronicles a real-life trip that 73-year-old Alvin Straight made in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa, to Mount Zion, Wis., on a riding lawn mower. Alvin undertook the 240-mile journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) is an elderly World War II veteran who lives with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek), a kind woman with an intellectual disability. When he hears that Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) suffered a stroke, Alvin makes up his mind to visit him and, he hopes, to make amends before Lyle dies. Because Alvin's legs and eyes are too impaired for him to receive a driver's license, he hitches a trailer to his recently purchased 3o-year-old John Deere no lawn tractor, which has a maximum speed of about 5 mph. Winner of 15 critic and festival awards. "A slow-moving, folksy-looking, profoundly spiritual film." Janet Maslin, The New York Times. "Go with high expectations and be sure to take the children." Susan Stark, The Detroit News. Rated G.