The Truman Show

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Release Date: June 5, 1998

Current rating: Rating: 4.68
based on 374 votes and 12 reviews
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Cast: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Harry Shearer


Truman Burbank (Carrey) is the unknowing star of a hugely popular 24-hour, real-life TV show. His town is a camera-rigged set, his wife and friends actors, the sky above his head a planetarium-like simulacrum.

We learn the truth about Truman's strange universe a third of the way into the film, when a TV commentator (Harry Shearer) interviews Christof (Ed Harris), the show's megalomaniacal creator-director, who supervises every detail of Truman's life from a huge broadcast control room.

Having been born into this, Truman is happily oblivious until he witnesses a few production gaffes and becomes obsessed with a dead-on conspiracy theory.

He longs to see the world outside the idealized suburbia of Seahaven; his wanderlust is epitomized by his memories of Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), a girl he met in his years at Seahaven University, who was subsequently removed from the show's cast for trying to tell Truman the truth.

Director: Peter Weir
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Scott Rudin
Screenplay: Andrew M. Niccol
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  • 5 stars "One of the best movies I have ever seen and TWO THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!"
  • 4 stars "i thought it was a great movie but i found it sad that they trapped him there and controled his life"