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True Stories (1986)

Cast: David Byrne, David Byrne, John Goodman, more...
Director: David Byrne, David Byrne
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Independent, Parodies, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Director David Byrne (of Talking Heads) takes an outside-looking-in glance at Texas and Texans in True Stories. Casting himself as the protagonist/narrator, Byrne adopts what he thinks is "standard" western garb and drives his red convertible into the small town of Virgil. Here he observes the town's preparations for celebrating Texas' sesquicentennial, taking time out to introduce us to several of the local oddballs. Swoosie Kurtz plays Miss Rollings, the Laziest Woman in the World; Alix Elias is The Cute Woman, who decorates her home in the most hideously "sweet" manner imaginable; John Goodman is talent-contest entrant Louis Fyne, who harbors dreams of being a C&W star; Spalding Gray is Earl Culver, a vegetable-obsessed civic leader; Jo Harvey Allen is The Lying Woman; and so it goes. The script by Southerners Byrne, Beth Henley and Steven Tobolowksy strives to avoid subtlety. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
Another Texas-set "true" satire in a similar pitch

Hands on a Hard Body
Oh, those wacky Texans!

Waiting for Guffman
Picks on the same easy target -- weird denizens of a small town -- but, hey, it's still often hilarious




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