True Stories

True Stories

David Byrne
 Cast: David Byrne
David Byrne
, John Goodman
John Goodman
, Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
, Spalding Gray
Spalding Gray

DVD (Color)

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Director David Byrne (of Talking Heads) takes an outside-looking-in glance at Texas and Texans in True Stories. Casting himself as the protagonist
arrator, 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2018
UPC: 0715515223812
Original Release: 1986
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 16,375

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Director David Byrne and Cinematographer Ed Lachman; New documentary about the film's production, featuring Byrne, Lachman, Screenwriter Stephen Tobolowsky, Executive Producer Edward Pressman, Co-Producer Karen Murphy, fashion-show Costume Designer Adelle Lutz, Casting Director Victoria Thomas, consultant Christina Patoski, actor Jo Harvey Allen, and artist and songwriter Terry Allen; Real Life (1986), a short documentary by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel made on the set of the film; No Time to Look Back, a new homage to Virgil, Texas, the fictional town where True Stories is set; New documentary about designer Tibor Kalman and his influence on Byrne and work on the film, featuring Byrne and artist Maira Kalman, Tibor's widow; Deleted scenes; Trailer ; Plus: Essays by critic Rebecca Bengal and journalist and author Joe Nick Patoski

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Byrne Narrator
John Goodman Louis Fyne
Swoosie Kurtz Miss Rollings
Spalding Gray Earl Culver
Alix Elias Cute Woman
Annie McEnroe Kay Culver
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Mr. Tucker
Umberto Larriva Ramon
John Ingle Preacher
Jo Harvey Allen The Lying Woman
Matthew Posey Computer Guy
Richard Downlearn Larry Culver
Amy Buffington Linda Culver
Capucine de Wulf The Little Girl on the Road
Chris Douridas Ventriloquist
L.T. Felty Duck Hunter
Jerry Harrison Lip-Syncher
Christopher Johnson Mr. Tucker's Son
Liz Moore Teenage Girl in Field
Frank Smith Man in Church
Rex Taylor Smith Member of Air Band
Scott Valentine Member of Air Band
Tina Weymouth Lip-Syncher
Chris Frantz Actor
Andrew Barach Laughing Headline Reader #1
Ed Geldart Grandfather in Mall

Technical Credits
David Byrne Director,Score Composer,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Terry Allen Songwriter
Jeffrey Barnes Songwriter
Susan Beeson Set Decoration/Design
Caroline Biggerstaff Editor
Carl Finch Songwriter
Beth Henley Screenwriter
Steven Jordan Songwriter
Gary Kurfirst Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Adelle Lutz Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Dee McCandless Choreography
Gene Menger Choreography
Meredith Monk Songwriter,Choreography
Karen Murphy Co-producer
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Talking Heads Score Composer
Stephen Tobolowsky Screenwriter
Zuzuca Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Criterion Collection: True Stories
255. Chapters
1. "Road Song" [1:55]
2. A Brief History Of Texas ("Freeway Son") [3:39]
3. Varicorp [3:26]
4. "Louis Fyne, Dancin' Fool" [2:03]
5. Freeway Interlude ("Freeway Son") [1:50]
6. "Cocktail Desperado" [2:39]
7. "Wild Wild Life" [3:28]
8. Miss Rollings [2:24]
9. "Shopping Is A Feeling" [3:21]
10. "Dream Operator" [5:16]
11. Breath Of Fresh Air [:53]
12. The Lying Woman [3:04]
13. Dinner With The Culvers ("Dinner Music") [4:31]
14. "Puzzlin' Evidence" [6:04]
15. The Stately Homes Of Virgil [2:08]
16. Children's Chorus ("Hey Now") [1:31]
17. Architecture ("Love For Sale") [4:37]
18. 844-Wife [1:00]
19. Louis's Sad Song [3:38]
20. Mercado Juarez ("Soy De Tejas") [2:08]
21. Mr. Tucker's Help [4:01]
22. The Celebration Of Specialness [4:12]
23. A Texas Joke [1:50]
24. The Big Show [2:38]
25. Tucker's Vibes ("Radio Head") [2:46]
26. Musical Spell ("Papa Legba") [3:56]
27. "People Like Us" [3:18]
28. "The Bear Is Staying With Me"/Forgetting [1:49]
29. "City Of Dreams" [4:53]
1. Color Bars
Disc #2 -- The Criterion Collection: True Stories
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [1:03:44]
0. Chapters
1. Cute Woman Monologue [2:55]
2. UFO Guy [2:00]
3. Hunters [1:00]
4. Geneaology [1:10]
5. Heart Attack [1:43]
6. Kidnapping Skit [2:08]
7. Funeral [3:18]

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