The World Made Straight

Synopsis: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Burris
Production: Millennium Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

It's the name this county

went by during the war.

Yeah, you know, I think my

uncle said something once.

That some little

kid got killed there

- during the war.

- Killed by who?

Shit, I don't know.

Yankees, I guess.

You never asked.

You make it sound

like I'm ignorant.

Maybe a little.

Take that shirt

you're wearing.

You know if you'd worn that around here in

the 1860s, it would have gotten you killed,

most likely by your own kin.

My people weren't Yankees.

They didn't see any reason

to side with the slave owners.

So, what are you saying?

They were on neither side.

They had a side.

Couldn't just sit it out, not up

here. Nobody could just sit it out.

In most places,

battle would come, move on.

War came to

Madison and stayed.

Hey, we goin' or what?

Hey. We'll fucking get

you some more plants.

I wouldn't advise that.

A smart man would

quit when he was ahead.

Well, didn't you just

tell me I was ignorant.


You little shit.

Get your ass out of bed.



Come on.

- All right. Now try it.

I got nothing.

Hey, we still got

kin in Shelton Laurel?

Yeah. Yeah. Why?

I'm just wondering.

Yeah. A few. I ain't seen

'em in years. Come on.


how come we never go visit?

And say what?

All right. Turn it over.


Well, what?

Now what do you want me to do?

How about you start by telling me

what went down in that job of yours?

What? You think I

didn't know about that?

Look, Travis, I don't care much

about what you do or where you go,

but I sure in hell mind when you make me

look like trash in front of this community.

Don't you walk away from me.

I can't figure you out.

It's like you got too much

damn pride to work a day,

a day, like regular folks.

Stocking shelves, stocking shelves,

that's way, way beneath you, isn't it?

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Ron Rash

Ron Rash (born September 25, 1953), an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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