The Truman Show

June 5th, 1998

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The Truman Show

Still of Noah Emmerich in The Truman ShowStill of Ed Harris in The Truman ShowCary Elwes and Lisa Marie Kurbikoff at event of The Truman ShowJim Carrey in The Truman ShowStill of Jim Carrey in The Truman ShowStill of Ed Harris in The Truman Show

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

Director: 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 - Marlon
Natascha McElhone - Lauren / Sylvia
Holland Taylor - Truman's Mother
Brian Delate - Truman's Father
Blair Slater - Young Truman
Peter Krause - Lawrence
Heidi Schanz - Vivien
Ron Taylor - Ron
Don Taylor - Don
Ted Raymond - Spencer
Judy Clayton - Travel Agent
Fritz Dominique - Truman's Neighbor
Angel Schmiedt - Truman's Neighbor

Taglines: 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 (estimated)

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

Gross: $125,603,360 (USA) (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]
Christof: 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!

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