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The Truman Show Details


Peter Weir directed this comedy-drama, a commentary on all-pervasive media manipulation. Scripted by Andrew M. Niccol (Andrew M. Niccol), 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 will collapse if Truman ever leaves Seahaven. In addition to elaborate events staged to make sure he stays put, Truman is given constant reminders of how wonderful Seahaven is compared to dangers in other parts of the world. However, his growing suspicions make him curious enough to try to leave, and the show's director and master manipulator Christof (Ed Harris) must constantly devise ways to thwart Truman's escape attempts. To enter the harbor, Truman must overcome his fear of water, intentionally instilled in him when his father "died" in a boating accident and was written out of the script. Exteriors were filmed in the Victorian-styled upscale community of Seaside, Florida. In addition to the Burkhard Dallwitz score, original music by Philip Glass and classical excerpts are also featured. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:June 5, 1998


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andrew Niccol Best Original Screenplay 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ed Harris Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1998 Winner
National Board of Review Ed Harris Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ed Harris Best Supporting Actor 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jim Carrey Best Actor in a Drama 1998 Winner
Directors Guild of America Peter Weir Best Director 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Weir Best Director 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Burkhard Dallwitz Best Original Score 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Burkhard Dallwitz Best Original Score 1998 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dennis Gassner Best Production Design (Runner-up) 1998 Winner


Jim Carrey
as Truman Burbank
Laura Linney
as Meryl
Ed Harris
as Christof
Noah Emmerich
as Marlon
Natascha McElhone
as Lauren/Sylvia
Holland Taylor
as Truman's Mother
Brian Delate
as Truman's Father
Una Damon
as Chloe
Paul Giamatti
as Control Room Director
Philip Baker Hall
as Network Executive
Peter Krause
as Lawrence
John Pleshette
as Network Executive
Heidi Schanz
as Vivien
Blair Slater
as Young Truman


Peter Weir
Scott Rudin
Ed Feldman
Andrew Niccol
Adam Schroeder
Andrew Niccol
Peter Biziou
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Burkhard Dallwitz
Composer (Music Score)
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Richard L. Johnson
Art Director
Richard Luke Rothschild
Lynne Pleshette
Executive Producer
Thomas Minton
Set Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Marilyn Matthews
Costume Designer
Alan B. Curtiss
First Assistant Director
Howard Feuer
Bette Iverson
Key Hairstylist
Michael J. McAlister
Special Effects Supervisor
Michael J. McAlister
Second Unit Director