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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Christopher Guest (written by) &
Eugene Levy (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
31 January 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There's A Good Reason Some Talent Remains Undiscovered See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Who's on Top Now! See more (200 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Christopher Guest 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Christopher Guest (written by) &
Eugene Levy (written by)

Produced by
Karen Murphy .... producer
Ginger Sledge .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Guest 
Michael McKean 
Harry Shearer 
 
Cinematography by
Roberto Schaefer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andy Blumenthal 
 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
 
Art Direction by
John Frick 
 
Set Decoration by
Jenny C. Patrick 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Carnahan 
 
Makeup Department
Catherine Conrad .... hair assistant
Catherine Conrad .... makeup assistant
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Kate Shorter .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Adrienne Gruben .... post-production supervisor
Sharon Smith Holley .... post-production supervisor
Helen Pollak .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Hardage .... second assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Liz Ryan .... first assistant director
Courtney Wulfe .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Dave Arkle .... caricaturist
Kevin Berve .... swing gang
Christina Blackledge .... lead scenic
Rebecca Block .... art department intern
John V. Burson .... lead carpenter (as John Burson)
Craig Byrom .... carpenter
Jesus Carrera .... swing gang (as Jesus 'Chuy' Carrera)
Raul Carrera .... swing gang
Mary Catherine Coates .... art department coordinator
Vicki Dempsey .... swing gang (as Vicki B. Dempsey)
Sandy Flowers .... swing gang
Bryant Jackson .... assistant property master (as James Bryant Jackson Jr.)
Michael Kocurek .... leadman
Joanne Levin .... prop intern
Joe McCusker .... construction foreman
Sean McKinley .... art department intern
Darren Patnode .... swing gang (as C. Darren Patnode)
Mari Phillips .... buyer
Mari Phillips .... set dresser
Kym Pykosz .... scenic artist
Michael Riviere .... carpenter
Jim Simard .... construction coordinator (as James Simard)
Byron Scott Thomas .... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Martha Waters .... art department production assistant
Glenn Welsch .... art department intern
Dan Wilson .... prop intern (as Dan V. Wilson)
Kevin Kelly .... art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dana Austin .... adr recordist (as Dana Porter)
Dave Bergstrom .... sound engineer
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Eric Cheung .... sound production assistant
Misty Conn .... boom operator
Yann Delpuech .... sound effects editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Jordan Jannone .... sound production assistant
Dennis Johnson .... sound recordist
Darren King .... dialogue editor
Jennifer Murphy .... location sound mixer
Rob Nokes .... post sound technical
Michael O'Farrell .... adr editor
Gary D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Streetman .... cable puller
Scott Streetman .... sound assistant
Meg Taylor .... assistant sound editor
Tony Van den Akker .... foley recordist (as Tony Van Den Akker)
 
Visual Effects by
Elliott Gamson .... optical programer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Berryman .... second assistant camera
Dennis Clay .... key grip
Ralph Elliott .... grip
Ray Garcia .... best boy grip
Edison Jackson .... electrician
John Lacy .... electrician (as John Dallas Lacy)
Jon H. Lewis .... gaffer
Daniel Page McDonough .... first assistant camera (as Daniel P. McDonough)
Eric Moynier .... camera operator: "b" camera
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Walter L. Olden .... rigging gaffer (as Walter Olden)
Kevin Parker .... grip
Sacha Sarchielli .... first assistant camera
Todd Smiley .... best boy electric (as Todd Eden Smiley)
Stan Stanley .... electrician
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Tiffany Toby .... video assist
Joseph Vasquez .... grip (as Joe Vasquez)
Christopher Wiggins .... second assistant camera (as Christopher K. Wiggins)
Roberto Schaefer .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Matthew Barry .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Jo Edna Boldin .... casting consultant: Texas
Leigh French .... voice casting
Beth Sepko .... extras casting
Wendy Slutsky .... casting consultant: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lee Hunsaker .... costumer
David W. King .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Shannon Carey .... conformer: 16 MM
Spiro Carras .... post-production coordinator
Richard Conkling .... conformer: 16 MM
Paul Covington .... assistant editor
Elliott Gamson .... negative matcher: Immaculate Matching
Patricia Hollander .... assistant editor
Michael Kolvek .... color timer
Pamela March .... conformer: 16 MM
Lucy Maunsell .... assistant editor
Karen Rasch .... assistant editor
Lisa Rosen .... post-production coordinator
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Greg Bissonette .... musician: drums
David Boruff .... musician: saxophone (as Dave Boruff)
David Cole .... music mixer
Tony Edwards .... musician: drums/percussion, Blaine Community Orchestra
Jean Fuller .... musician: piano, Blaine Community Orchestra
Joe Godfrey .... music arranger: Stephen Foster arrangement
Jerry Goodman .... musician: violin
Matt Gruber .... music recordist
Christopher Guest .... composer: lyrics
Richard Macdowell .... musician: clarinet, Blaine Community Orchestra
Michael McKean .... composer: lyrics
Tim Pierce .... musician: guitar
Johnny Reno .... musician: saxophone, Blaine Community Orchestra
Paul Robertson .... musician: violin, Blaine Community Orchestra
Tracy Rosenkrans .... musician: bass, Blaine Community Orchestra
Harry Shearer .... composer: lyrics
Jeffrey C.J. Vanston .... music arranger: overture arrangement (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston)
Jeffrey C.J. Vanston .... music producer (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston)
Jeffrey C.J. Vanston .... musician: all other instruments (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston)
Jeffrey C.J. Vanston .... musician: trumpet/timpani/glockenspiel, Blaine Community Orchestra (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston)
 
Transportation Department
Ronald D. Chambers .... driver (as Ronald Chambers)
Joe Dye .... driver
Cecil D. Evans .... transportation captain
Joe Llanes .... driver
Jerry McKnight .... transportation coordinator
Doyle Nelson .... driver
Lonnie Nelson .... driver
Ronald L. Paschall .... driver
 
Other crew
Margery Suzanne Anderson .... intern
Andrea Ariel .... choreographer
Mateo Barnstone .... production assistant (as Mateo S. Barnstone)
Dave Bennett .... production accountant (as David Bennett)
Thom Buckley .... intern
Amy Chance .... production coordinator
John P. Crowley .... craft service (as Johnny P. Crowley)
Shanti Delsarte .... assistant coordinator
Karen Dinitz .... location assistant
Melanie Armstrong Fletcher .... intern (as Melanie Armstrong)
Andy Haynes .... intern
Ted Kantrow .... caterer: New Orleans
Kelly Kernan .... production assistant
Warren Long .... caterer: Austin (as Warren David Long)
Kate McCarley .... location manager
Rob McGrath .... assistant location manager
Mimi N. McGreal .... production secretary
Barb Moore .... intern (as Barbara Boyd Moore)
Dianne M. Murphy .... script supervisor
Robert Murphy .... intern
Bettina Tendler O'Mara .... product promotions coordinator (as Bettina O'Mara)
Buz Presock .... production assistant
Todd Redilla .... intern
Daniel J. Shaw .... key production assistant
M.K. Shaw .... assistant accountant
Hilary Wagner .... post-production accountant
Amy Weiner .... intern
Philip Wood .... travel services: World Travel Partners
David Davoli .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rich Feldman .... production assistant: pre-production, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Kevin Halloran .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tom Copeland .... we wish to thank: Texas Film Commission
Mardik Martin .... special thanks: for dialogue from Raging Bull
Paul Schrader .... special thanks: for dialogue from Raging Bull
Joyce Sloane .... we wish to thank: Second City Chicago
Elizabeth Summers .... we wish to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for brief strong language
Runtime:
84 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | SDDS | SDDS (uncredited)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Iceland:L | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 (video rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 33995) | USA:TV-14 (cable rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the overture, the trumpet player also plays the timpani. Although there is only one drum, we hear two distinct notes which would be impossible.See more »
Quotes:
Libby Mae Brown:I been workin' here at the D.Q. for about, um... eight months? Seven? I don't know, somethin' like that, it's fun. Just do the cones... make sundaes, make Blizzards, 'n... put stuff on 'em, 'n... see a lot of people come in, a lot of people come to the D.Q... burgers... ice cream... anything, you know? Cokes... just drive in and get a Coke, if you're thirsty.See more »
Soundtrack:
Lightnin' StrikesSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Who's on Top Now!, 8 February 2006
Author: Rathko from Los Angeles

'Waiting for Guffman', while lacking the expansive detail of the seminal 'This is Spinal Tap', is still a worthy addition to Guest's filmography. The story, as ever, is really quite irrelevant, as the pleasure to be had from these films is in meeting the characters that the actors forge from intensive improvisation. What never ceases to amaze is that these 'improvised' characters have more depth, subtlety and believability than the large majority of traditionally crafted and scripted characters. Equally as impressive is the refusal to turn any character into an object of derision. For all their seeming vacuous vanity and ego driven foibles, these are essentially good people. The entire movie is infused with a benign joy and heartfelt warmth that is irresistible.

As others have said, the highlight of the movie is a scene that can only be seen in the DVD extras – Libby Mae Brown's audition monologue – an incredibly well written and executed performance that reveals more about her character and Posie's talent than many award winning turns.

As ever, the musical numbers by 'Taps' Guest, McKean and Shearer are brilliant – catchy and witty and performed just on the right side of endearing amateurishness.

An excellent movie, that compensates for the lack of laugh-out-loud moments with well crafted, beautifully realized characters, and inspired songs.

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