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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,990 (USA) (31 January 1997)

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$2,892,582 (USA) (18 July 1997)
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In an early cut of the film, the musical alone ran 40 minutes. See more »

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In the Chinese dinner scene, Sheila's wine glass contains different amounts throughout the meal. At one point it's half full and then it's suddenly full. See more »

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Mrs. Pearl: We don't associate with the creative types. We have a Scrabble club. We associate with people with babies.
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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 Backdraft (1991) See more »

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Old Folks at Home
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aka "Swanee River"
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Eugene Levy at the audition
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14 September 2000 | by (la) – See all my reviews

It's amazing that Christopher Guest (and the great Eugene Levy) aren't more known. If I had my way, they'd be household names. With so many less talented actors making more money and films than these guys, it's proves it's an unfair world and an unfair biz.

Waiting for Guffman is a hilarious film. A great cast and a funny concept make this a classic. These are really talented people in this film, especially when you realize a lot of it was adlibbed.

"Only two people can do it all: Barbara Striesand and Corky..."

"I hate you and I hate your ass face."

I still laugh every time I see it. Eugene Levy (my favorite SCTV cast member) is so funny in this movie, I really wish he did more stuff. The man's a genius.

When you see these all time great comedy lists, ignore them. They were picked by 80 year old men who still think Buster Keaton is the funniest human to ever live. You'll never find movies like this on those lists. But this movie deserves to be. It's up there with "The Odd Couple" and "Airplane." Definitely check it out.


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