The Truman Show

June 5, 1998 0 By Fans
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 8.0/10 (242,265 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Peter Weir

Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one… The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day… he finds out everything. Will he react?


Jim Carrey

Truman Burbank

Laura Linney

Meryl Burbank
Hannah Gill

Noah Emmerich


Natascha McElhone


Holland Taylor

Truman's Mother

Brian Delate

Truman's Father

Blair Slater

Young Truman

Peter Krause


Heidi Schanz


Ron Taylor


Don Taylor


Ted Raymond


Judy Clayton

Travel Agent

Fritz Dominique

Truman's Neighbor

Angel Schmiedt

Truman's Neighbor

The Story Of A Lifetime

Release Date: 5 June 1998

Filming Locations: Falls Lake, Backlot, Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000


Opening Weekend: $31,542,121
(7 June 1998)
(2315 Screens)

Gross: $125,603,360
(11 October 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The name of the "actor" who plays Marlon is listed at the beginning of the film as "Louis Coltrane", an amalgam of the names of the jazz musicians Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane. The character also plays trumpet in the film, another allusion to Armstrong.


Errors in geography:
The 'set' is supposed to be right behind the Hollywood sign/hills, but in the satellite view, the set is in the southeast LA region, 20 miles from the Hollywood sign.


[first lines]

We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

Ashaming that the Academy of motion picture arts and sciences has never
realized what a brilliant actor Jim Carrey really is. The is no
explanation for him not getting the Oscar for the Truman Show, there is
no excuse for not even nominating him for The Truman Show and Man on
the Moon. I like the academy Awards, most of the time it is a fair
thing, but in that year it was a disaster. How else can you explain
that in the year of Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line and of
course The Truman Show the most boring and joyless film of all time
Shakespeare in Love gets eight, I repeat, eight Oscars and the Truman
Show gets none? I think it is because Jim has made so much Comedy,
nobody really knows what tough work comedy means. It is ashaming that
the Academy is sometimes still driven by outdated prejudices. For me,
Jim Carrey is the greatest and most versatile actor in the world! And
The Truman Show is The greatest performance by an actor I have ever
seen on screen. Finished!