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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Christopher Guest (written by) &
Eugene Levy (written by)
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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:
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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
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
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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)
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Trivia:
Frances Fisher filmed scenes as Johnny Savage's mother but her scenes were deleted from the film. She does appear in the film's trailer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Ron (Fred Willard) deploys the whoopee cushion, he holds it up with his left hand; but when the camera then cuts to close-up, it's in his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
[Corky and Libby are playing a World War II era couple in "Red, White and Blaine"]
Libby Mae Brown:[as "Ima"] I hear that French girls... are very pretty... that they wear the finest of clothes. I also hear that they are experts... in the ways of love.
Corky St. Clair:[as "Monty"] Ima... I'm going to fight for my country! To fight... and yes, perhaps die... so that young men from here to Timbuktu can feel the wind of freedom blowin' through their hairrrrr!
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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Broadway bound, 23 April 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Christopher Guest has the knack for creating films where genuine laughter never stops. We saw this film when it was originally released, but caught it recently in the retrospect of Mr. Guest's films shown recently here.

"Waiting for Guffman" is, to this humble viewer, probably his best creation to date. Not only is this a funny movie, it shows the genius of Mr. Guest at his best.

Corky St. Clair, the director from the New York stage seems completely out of place in Blaine, Mo. He is too witty for that small little town, where he is clearly adored, not only by the local thespians, but by the whole municipal council. Some of the lines one hears coming from Corky's mouth are so amazing that one wonders if the citizens of Blaine fully realize they have a gem living in town.

The players auditioning for Corky's new production about Blaine's beginnings, live in a world of themselves. Ron and Sheila Albertson, are the star of other productions, so they return again for the new show. Libby Mae Brown works in the Dairy Queen, but her ambition is to be a star. Even the local dentist, Dr. Allan Pearl, is attracted to become a performer.

There are two other underlying plots going on in the film. There is the history part, or how Blaine came to be, and the other notorious incident of the flying saucer that came into town and took several of the citizens for a tour of the space craft and we are being told about it by the people that experienced that adventure.

Christopher Guest makes a wonderful Corky St. Clair. Mr. Guest knows what makes Corky great. Corky, no doubt, is a composite of people Mr. Guest must have known at one time or another. Corky is an enormous achievement for Mr. Guest as a writer and as a performer.

Fred Willard and Catherine O'Hara are incredible in their take of the Albertsons, the travel agents without a clue of what's going on outside Blaine. Ron's delicate operation is explained in some detail to the horrified Mrs. Pearl. Eugene Levy, Mr. Guest's frequent collaborator is right on the money as the dentist with singing aspirations. Parker Posey, is the girl who thinks Broadway is only a few steps away. Paul Dooley, Don Lake, Larry Miller,Linda Kash, are among the citizens of Blaine one gets to know in the film.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without Christopher Guest. It's a shame we don't get to see more of him, but that makes even better whatever he decides to offer us from time to time.

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