The Truman Show

The Truman Show

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The story of a lifetime.

Written by New Zealander Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) and directed by Australian Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society), The Truman Show is an American science fiction comedy-drama starring Jim Carrey. Winner of Best Actor (Carrey) at the 1999 Golden Globes and Best Screenplay (Niccol) at the 1999 BAFTAs.

Everything in the life of Truman Burbank (Carrey) is part of a massive TV set. Executive producer Christof (Ed Harris) orchestrates "The Truman Show," a live broadcast of Truman's every move captured by hidden cameras. Cristof tries to control Truman's mind, even removing his true love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), from the show and replacing her with Meryl (Laura Linney). As Truman gradually discovers the truth, however, he must decide whether to act on it.


Winner of Best Actor (Carrey), Best Supporting Actor (Harris) and Best Score, 1999 Golden Globes; Best Screenplay and Best Production Design, 1999 BAFTA Awards.

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Drama, Science Fiction


Rating: PG Adult themes, Low level coarse language


Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)


The underlying ideas made the movie more than just entertainment. Like Gattaca, the previous film written by Niccol, it brings into focus the new values that technology is forcing on humanity.

Guardian (UK)


Peter Weir's film is so cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed that it almost seems like a fresh thought. And even if it doesn't, it nevertheless forms the basis of a very witty exercise.

Los Angeles Times


Adventurous, provocative, even daring.

New York Times


The latter part of the film, depicting Truman's rebellion and providing him with a perfect final line, is much more conventionally conceived than its splendid start.

Time Out London


One movie you can pronounce a modern classic with absolute confidence.

Variety (USA)


A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision...