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The Truman Show (1998)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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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

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (34)

[A] masterfully executed cautionary tale... Yet there's something missing here: While Weir delivers both sharp wit and gentle poignancy, Truman's end catharsis needs greater emotional heft.

June 15, 2020 | Full Review…

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

August 18, 2014 | Full Review…

The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.

August 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.

August 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.

August 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.

August 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Truman Show

One of the best movies I have ever seen.

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented. "On the air. Unaware." The Truman Show may have one of the most genius premises ever for a film. There's, especially today, always this fear of being watched. With all the paranoia about our phone calls and texts being sold to the government and with cameras everywhere and anywhere, it's a common part of our everyday. So with The Truman Show, we view a protagonist whose whole existence is a tv show. He's been on the air for thirty years, since his birth and he doesn't even know it.  Truman is a married, insurance agent. That's his "character" in the tv show, The Truman Show, that he stars as. The show was created by Christof, and everyone in the town he lives in is in on it. They are all actors. Truman is beginning to suspect all this and just wants to find the girl who he really wants to be with. But the show controls his life without his even knowing it.  This film is pretty much flawless. It's well thought out and just keeps getting better as it goes on, while many movies with great premises like this run out of steam near the end. The Truman Show is a perfect example, that great writing is what makes a movie great. Sure Peter Weir is legendary director and his work here is among his best, but what makes this movie so good, is definitely the screenplay. Also you gotta love Jim Carey in movies like this. This is where he thrives. So if you haven't seen The Truman Show, it is a must watch. It's nonstop fun, intelligent entertainment. The story has good ideas present at every turning point, and just when you think the movie has reached as good of quality as it can, it introduces something else that makes it even better. This is a masterpiece and it would be a shame to miss a film like this one.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

This is the new way of comedy movie should be and I must say that I'm impressed with the idea of this movie about making someone's life is a 24-hour nonstop TV show is a brilliant idea.. Andrew Niccol wrote a great screenplay while Peter Weir makes the movie wrapped amazingly.. And the cast did quite impressive even the credits should all go to Jim Carrey with probably this movie is one of his best performance.. All I can say is I like this movie and I'm happy how the story works..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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