Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Plot: 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.
In an interview, director Peter Weir stated he wanted to have cameras installed in every theater the film was shown in, having the projectionist at one point cut the power, cut to the viewers, and then cut back to the movie.
The Trumania bit, where Truman draws on the mirror with soap and acts strange, was completely improvised by Jim Carrey. In another take, he drew long curly hair and a dress.
In an early scene, a bottle of vitamin D is on on Truman and Meryl's kitchen table, needed for those without exposure to the (real) sun.
According to a 2008 New York Times article, psychologists in Britain and the U.S. reported a number of people experiencing "Truman Syndrome" or "the Truman Show delusion," the belief that they are the unwitting star of their own reality TV show. Reportedly, many of those afflicted have specifically mentioned the film while in therapy.
Just before the boat stops, we see the number "139" prominently displayed on its sail. The ensuing dialogue between Truman and Christof contains some paraphrased references to Psalm 139, as do many other aspects of the film.
This was Jim Carrey's first time taking on a serious dramatic leading role.
When Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert reviewed the film on Siskel & Ebert (1986), they not only gave the film two thumbs up, but they gave an on-air apology to Jim Carrey for saying that he would never have a career when they panned Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).
Jim Carrey has said that being constantly watched by fans and paparazzi helped him relate to Truman.
Peter Weir cast Jim Carrey after seeing him in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) because Carrey's performance reminded him of Charles Chaplin.
Laura Linney heavily studied Sears catalogs from the 1950s to develop her character's poise.
A deleted scene reveals that had Truman not realized what was going on, Christof and network execs were going to broadcast the main show and its spin-off on a two-channel format; the main show following Truman and the spin-off following his unborn child, repeating the cycle all over again.
Peter Weir has said that the film was based on Michael Jackson, whose life was also turned into a show for the world.
The original script was darker and had crucial differences from the shooting draft. The city was not a utopian society but there were staged criminal incidents. Truman had a drinking problem. It is stated clearly that Truman makes love to his wife (whose real name is Hannah). Christoff's intention was for Truman to have Meryl impregnated and the child would carry on the show. There were more clues that help Truman realize the truth. The scene where Truman confronts Meryl was far more aggressive. Finally, and most importantly, after Truman passes the door, he meets Christoff and the main cast members on a rooftop, while in the film the story ends with Truman's exit from the fake world. In the encounter at the rooftop, which was in the script the actors stare at him sheepishly, but Truman in his rage attacks Christoff and tries to strangle him, but the rest of the actors hold him back. He is finally reunited with Sylvia.
While figuring out how to play the character of Christof, Ed Harris suggested him being a hunchback (causing him to have an unhappy childhood and instilling his desire for Truman to have an idealized life), but he changed his mind after trying on a prosthetic hump and seeing what he looked like.
The original script had Truman living in a recreation of New York City. But Peter Weir changed it to an idyllic town to make the movie feel less "sci-fi."