Unusually intelligent Jim Carrey movie – a provocative and prescient media satire.
Truman Burbank (Carrey) is a happily married insurance salesman living a normal life in a small American town so perfect that he has never felt the need or desire to leave it. He has a loving wife (Linney), and a loyal best buddy (Emmerich). Life is good until one morning a stage light drops from the skies and shatters on the ground perilously close to him. It is the trigger that sets him questioning everything around him. What is behind the facades of the buildings he has never entered? Why do people seem to be travelling around him in a perfectly synchronized loop? What is going on outside his home-town? Truman is, it turns out, the unwitting star of a top-rated 24-hour-a-day TV docu-soap.
Under the careful critical scrutiny to which it has been subjected, the plot turns out not to be watertight. This is to miss the point of what is a hilarious and breathtakingly conceived satire which also allows Carrey to edge away from broad comedy.
The Truman Show is also oddly moving and has, as you would expect from a Peter Weir film, a pronounced metaphysical slant with Harris playing the show’s archly named producer/creator Christof.
Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank
Laura Linney as Meryl Burbank / Hannah Gill
Noah Emmerich as Marlon / Louis Coltrane
Natascha McElhone as Lauren / Sylvia Garland
Holland Taylor as Alanis Montclair / Angela Burbank
Ed Harris as Christof
Brian Delate as Walter Moore / Kirk Burbank
Paul Giamatti as Simeon
Peter Krause as Laurence
Blair Slater as Young Truman
Heidi Schanz as Vivien
Ron Taylor as Ron
Don Taylor as Don
Ted Raymond as Spencer
O-Lan Jones as Bar Waitress
Krista Lynn Landolfi as Bar Waitress
Harry Shearer as Mike Michaelson
Jeanette Miller as Senior Citizen
Philip Glass as Keyboard Artist
Una Damon as Chloe
Joe Minjares as Bartender
Philip Baker Hall as Network Executive
John Pleshette as Network Executive
Terry Camilleri as Man in Bathtub
Joel McKinnon Miller as Garage Attendant
Director: Peter Weir
Script: Andrew Niccol
USA | 103 minutes | 1998