The Truman Show
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...

Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone

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Year: 1998
Running Time: 103 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG

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"Good morning... Oh, and in case I don't see you... Good afternoon, good evening and good night." -Truman Burbank

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Truman's town of "Seahaven" is actually Seaside, FL - a master-planned community that looks much like it does in the movie. Here is an aerial view of Seaside.

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Notice that all of the magazines on the rack are "Dog Fancy", "Modern Dad" and "Child" magazines. Obviously trying to get Truman to think about getting a dog, or having children, which would likely boost ratings of the show.

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The brothers purposely push Truman back so that he is standing in front of the "Kaiser Chicken" advertisement in order to get their product placement into the TV show.

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"Do you have a Sylvia Garland? 'S' for Sylvia." -Truman Burbank

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