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

I've carried that phrase

in my head for years now.

I can't remember where it comes

from, but I know what it means here.

It's a sense of

being closed in.

Human limitation.

It's different

from the Midwest,

where possibility sprawls bright

and endless in every direction.

People in the Himalayas,

the Andes,

do they live in

the passive voice, too?

Like their lives aren't real?

Their memories, fixed,


...That'll be $1.57.

I can take one of 'em off,

if you want?

All right,

don't worry about it.


- Shut up.

All right.

You have a good day now.


What just happened here?

Did you let somebody walk

out of here without paying?

You can't quit!

You're fired!

If you come back,

I'll have you turned in.

Leave it.

Where have you been?

I called your place.

You know my dad.

It don't matter.


You ain't gonna believe what I

got in the back of this here truck.


Holy sh*t!

Just f***in' found 'em while

I was fishing at the river.

Well, what are you

gonna do with it?

Sell 'em, I guess,

if I can figure out who to.

Leonard Shuler will take 'em.

- You reckon?

- Yeah.

Yeah, he'll give you

good money for these.

- Why? He don't know me.

- Well, he knows me.


Aw, don't mind them.

They're all noise.

He always carry that?

Hell, yeah.

You know, he used to be a teacher up

north, but they kicked his ass out.

The way I heard it

is that he shot some fellow.

Hey, Leonard.

Shank. Who's this?

This here is Travis Shelton.

He's a buddy of mine.

Shelton? You from the Laurel?


My daddy grew up there.

Well, if it's weed you're

after, you're out of luck.

I only got three dime bags at present

and I won't have more till Monday.

Well, looks like

we've come at the right time.

Let's show him.

- Where'd you get these?

- Found them.

Figure finders keepers?

Looks like you dragged them

through a Haybine.

Aw, there's plenty

of buds left.

Really, come on. How much

will you give me for 'em?

Forty bucks.

Nah. Give me $50.

All right.

Put 'em over

there in the weeds.

On my tomatoes.

I was thinking that maybe you might

sweeten the deal. How 'bout a beer?

Beer is in the icebox.

Help yourself.


Hey, show him the pistol.

So that is some real Dirty

Harry sh*t right there.

Leonard here is

a hell of a shot.

He can hit

a chigger's ass at 200 feet.

Why don't you let Travis hold

that sweetheart for a second?

I don't think so.

What's that?

That's a

metal detector.

A guy wanted some dope, came up

short and used it as collateral.

I use it to find

Civil War relics.

What are we

listenin' to?

Appalachian Spring

by Copland.

I've never

heard of him.

He used to open for Skynyrd.

Well, they

sound like sh*t.

- No, it doesn't.

- It does to me.

Well, that's probably because you fail

to empathize with his view of the region.

Y'all got

a bathroom in this palace?

I'm just f***ing

with you, Shank.

I know.

Take your foot

off my coffee table.

"December 21st, 1859.

"Naomi Luis, age 22.

"Complaint, sore eyes.

"Diagnosis, optical inflammation

due to handling mistletoe.

"Treatment, wash made of infusion

of goldenseal root in cold water.

"Use twice daily.


"$1 and a quarter. Paid cash. "

What do you want?

Come here for a show,

is that it?



What's the matter?

You don't like what you see?


All right, boys.

How 'bout

one more for the road?


So I take it you've never

been up to Shelton Laurel.

Just family

reunions when I was a kid.

Did your daddy ever mention

anything about Bloody Madison to you?

No. What's that?

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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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