The Truman Show script
Synopsis: He doesn't know it, but everything in Truman Burbank's (Jim Carrey) life 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.

TRUMAN emerges from a subway exit in Lower Manhattan and walks

briskly down the bustling street. A snarl of taxis, buses and

COMMUTER traffic. A STREET VENDOR thrusts a pretzel under

Truman's nose, a CAREER WOMAN catches his eye.

Truman stops at a newspaper stand and plucks an issue of

Cosmopolitan from the rack, quickly flicking through the glossy

pages. Glancing in the direction of the NEWSPAPER VENDOR and

finding him busy with another customer, Truman deftly tears a

portion of the open page and pockets the cutting.

He guiltily replaces the magazine, startled to find the

Newspaper Vendor standing close behind him.


(quickly recovering)

Gimme a copy of "The Sydney Morning Herald".


We ran out.


(hastily departing)

Thanks anyway.

As Truman hurries away, the Vendor picks up the copy of Cosmo

and instantly turns to the torn page. It is a Lancome

advertisement with ISABELLA ROSSELLINI's nose missing.

Truman is still in view but the Vendor makes no effort to

confront him, almost as if he were expecting it.

Passing one of the tall, black mirrored buildings that grow

out of the pavement, Truman glimpses himself in the reflective

glass. He doesn't like what he sees and attempts to suck in his

gut, but quickly concedes defeat. The image triggers another

childhood memory.


Once again, the flashback appears to be playing on a television


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Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, and Good Kill. more…

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