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The World Made Straight

MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, drug content and violence.
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Thriller Drama
1 hr. 59 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
January 9, 2015
DVD: February 17, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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rebellious young man

rural Appalachian communities

Civil War massacre and its ramifications

sin/evil and the fall of man

goodness and righteousness

How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer

How can I decide whether a particular activity is wrong? Answer

Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer

escaping violence


Featuring: Haley Joel Osment … Actor
Minka KellyDena
Noah WyleLeonard
Jeremy Irvine … Travis
Adelaide Clemens … Lori
Sandra Ellis Lafferty … Mrs. Ponder
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Director: David Burris
Producer: Bifrost Pictures
Dreambridge Films
Myriad Pictures
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment

“For blood. For money. For a way out.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Set in the early 1970s, ‘The World Made Straight’ is an adaptation of North Carolina writer Ron Rash’s acclaimed novel of the same name. In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, young and rebellious Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself ensnared in the violence of the past and the subtle evils of the present. The film also stars Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly and Haley Joel Osment.

Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash. Set in a community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present, the film follows a rebellious young man, Travis (Jeremy Irvine), as he struggles to decide between the dark path he is on and the chance at a new life.

The book is described as follows: Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property near his North Carolina home, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours on the forest floor, he’s released from the trap by the shrewd and vicious farmer who set it—but he can no longer ignore the subtle evils that underlie the life of his small Appalachian community.

Before long, Travis has moved out of his parents” home to live with Leonard Shuler, a one-time schoolteacher who now deals a little pot to make ends meet. Travis becomes his student, of sorts, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community’s violent past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction.”

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…While limited in perspective and slow-moving at times, “The World Made Straight” is both emotionally captivating and thoughtfully introspective. …
—Valerie Khau, The Daily Californian

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