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Waiting for Guffman (1996)

R | | Comedy | 31 January 1997 (USA)
An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

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A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show. Written by Piotr Zembrowski <zembrows@astro.utoronto.ca>

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,990 (USA) (2 February 1997)

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$2,923,982 (USA)
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The musical auditions were the actors' very first public performances of their respective audition pieces. See more »

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During the last scene in the play, a tuba can clearly be heard playing, but there is no tuba in the orchestra. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Pearl: You have to go where the love is. And the love for me, right now, is in Miami, not Blaine.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store. See more »

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References Timecop (1994) See more »

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Stool Boom
Written by Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest
Courtesy of Dog on the Beach Music / Coney Island Whitefish Music / Hazen Music (ASCAP)
Sung by the cast in the show
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Funny and deceptively authentic
21 October 2006 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The current climate of cinematic comedy is comparable, to an extent, to the trend in horror: everything is geared toward pull-out-all-stops excess that is more disgusting than entertaining. We should thank our lucky stars for Christopher Guest, a consistently surprising filmmaker (he directed "Best in Show" and wrote "This is Spinal Tap") who makes 'mockumentaries' that play like actual documentaries. "Waiting for Guffman" follows Corky St. Clair (Guest), a flamboyant stage director who gathers a group of 'eclectic' locals (a cross-eyed dentist; a husband-and-wife travel agent team; a Dairy Queen employee) for a production about the sleepy town in which they live (its claim to fame being home of the footstool). There is a hilarious authenticity to the behind-the-scenes footage, but the film never laughs at its subjects--as viewers, we share Corky's (admittedly delusional) passion with bittersweet good humor. The supporting cast--consisting of Guest regulars Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Larry Miller--is in top form here. "Waiting for Guffman" is a quiet comedy gem about a dull, quiet town. And it's also ridiculously rated "R" for two quick instances of F-word usage (way to call it, MPAA!).


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