Magazine article The Christian Century

Straight Story Wins Spiritual Quest Award

Magazine article The Christian Century

Straight Story Wins Spiritual Quest Award

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Disney Pictures' The Straight Story, based on one man's travel by lawnmower from Iowa to Wisconsin in 1994 to see his ailing brother, won the fifth annual Lloyd C. Douglas Spiritual Quest Award, beating out three other films also featuring "Judeo-Christian values of care, compassion and transforming love."

Director David Lynch, famous for his film The Elephant Man, accepted the award November 10 in Bel Air, California, saying, "All of us felt the spiritual dimension of this story," which starred the late Richard Farnsworth. "Congratulations to all of you for celebrating the spiritual in film and the world," Lynch said.

The film competition, sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, is named after the pastor of that church from 1926 to 1929 who later wrote two novels made into movies, Magnificent Obsession and The Robe.

Entertainer Steve Allen, who was to receive a lifetime achievement award at the award luncheon but died of a heart attack 11 days earlier, was saluted in a tribute for his contributions to religious and ethical causes. …

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