[Quotes] The Truman Show: Life Without Rehearsals

The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical science fiction film directed by Peter Weir. The film stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, was adopted and raised by a corporation inside a simulated television show revolving around his life. 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.

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Here are some interesting quotes from the film:

Network Executive: For God’s sake, Chris! The whole world is watching. We can’t let him die in front of a live audience!

Christof: He was born in front of a live audience.

Christof: We’ve become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects.

Network Executive: Christof, what’s going on? Do you know that there’s a rumor circulating that he’s dead? You hear me? The media is having a feeding frenzy with this, all the phone lines are jammed, and every network has a pirated shot of Marlon making an ass of himself in front of the cameras!

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Network Executive: The sponsors are threatening to rip up their contracts.

Talk Show Caller: Hi, Christof. I was just wondering how many cameras you got there in that town.

Christof: Somewhere in the vicinity of 5000.

Mike Michaelson: 1:02:13 What a week it’s been. I don’t know about you, I was on pins and needles the entire time. Hello and good evening. I’m your host Mike Michaelson and welcome to Trutalk, our forum issues growing out of the show. But tonight, something very special indeed.

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Time to learn some collocations and sentence structures:

The sponsors are threatening to rip up their contracts.

1. threaten to do: to say that you will cause someone harm or trouble by doing if they do not do what you want.

  • They threatened to beat him unless he did as they asked.
  • They threatened to shoot, but the marchers could not be stopped.

Somewhere in the vicinity of 5000.

2. in the vicinity of in the area that is close to (a place).

  • Everyone knows that if he shouts in the vicinity of a wall or mountainside, an echo will come back.
  • Don’t store any combustibles in the vicinity of this appliance.

I don’t know about you, I was on pins and needles the entire time.

3. on pins and needles: in an agitated state of suspense.

  • This movie will keep you on pins and needles from beginning to end.
  • He was on pins and needles waiting for the result of the job interview.

That’s all the meat today I wanna share with you from the film.

Please make a sentence down below with one of the expressions above!

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