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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:
But You Don't Have To Wait For The Laughs 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
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The song "Nothing Ever Happens on Mars" was meant to be a complement to an earlier song in the show called "Nothing Ever Happens in Blaine," hence the audience's roar of laughter when the song starts.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:
Steve Stark, Councilman:God, I wish I was in this show.See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
But You Don't Have To Wait For The Laughs, 25 June 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Civic pride and the desire to perform bring an eclectic group of people together in the mock documentary, or `mockumentary,' `Waiting for Guffman,' directed by Christopher Guest. As he did with his more recent outing, `Best In Show,' Guest uses his satirical format to tell the story of the good people of Blaine, Mo., who are planning a celebration to commemorate the sesquicentennial of their fair town, the highlight of which will be a play depicting the history of Blaine. And how fortunate they are, as the celebrated director Corky St. Clair (Guest), who has had some close encounters with Broadway, has recently settled down in Blaine and has agreed to undertake the monumental task of directing the play, which he decides to present as a musical. He has the High School band/music teacher, Lloyd Miller (Bob Balaban) to provide the music; now all he has to do is assemble his cast. So he posts an announcement for auditions, and with that, the action begins.

St. Clair has a grand vision of what his musical will be, and once rehearsals begin and he realizes just how good it is, he contacts some people he knows from his brush with the Great White Way, who agree to send a representative, Guffman, to see the show. St. Clair, of course, is walking on air, as he sees this as a chance at the big time; he's convinced they're going all the way to Broadway with this one. And on the night of the show, anticipation runs high as St. Clair and the members of the cast wait for Guffman to arrive. They've even reserved a folding chair in the front row for him, and as the curtain goes up, they hold their breath awaiting the first glimpse of The Man himself.

Guest takes you through the whole process, from the auditions to the final show, and through interviews you get to know the townsfolk and their feelings about living in Blaine and their thoughts on the sesquicentennial and St. Clair's elaborate musical. And as you meet these people, I guarantee you're going to run into more than a few from your own experience; and anyone who's ever had anything to do with community theater on any level, is definitely going to be able to identify with the characters and situations presented here. Written by Guest and Eugene Levy, the screenplay is rife with insight into human nature on a level with anything ever written by Thackeray or Twain. The humor is dry and subtle; never forced, it evolves totally from the characters and the situations Guest and Levy have created. And, as David Byrne did with `True Stories,' they play up the humor of every day life in a small town without ever making fun or maligning it in any way; there are no `cheap shots' employed just for the sake of a laugh. It's all delivered good-naturedly and with taste. If they seem to be laughing at anyone, rest assured, it's themselves above all.

Among those involved in bringing this piece of Americana to life are Fred Willard as Ron Albertson, and Catherine O'Hara as his wife, Sheila, who together run a local travel agency, but are entertainers at heart and jump at the chance to perform in St. Clair's musical; Parker Posey as Libby Mae Brown, who hopes to leave her job at the Dairy Queen behind when the show moves to Broadway; Eugene Levy as Dr. Allan Pearl, a dentist with a latent desire to perform who finally gets his chance with St. Clair; and Matt Keeslar as Johnny Savage, the mechanic who never realized where he real talents lay until St. Clair came along, and winds up on the stage, much to the chagrin of his dubious father, Red, played by Brian Doyle-Murray. The performances by one and all are first rate, and it gives that necessary sense of realism to the film that really makes it work; these are not actors you're watching, but real people in a very real town.

The supporting cast includes Don Lake (Blaine Historian Phil Burgess), Paul Dooley (UFO Abductee), Linda Kash (Mrs. Pearl), Miriam Flynn (Costume Dresser), Jill Parker-Jones (Stage Manager), Larry Miller (Glen Welsch, Mayor), Deborah Theaker (Gwen Fabin-Blunt, Councilwoman), Michael Hitchcock (Steve Stark, Councilman) and Scott Williamson (Tucker Livingston, Councilman). Alfred Hitchcock may be the Master of Suspense, but with `Waiting for Guffman,' Christopher Guest proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is the Master of the `Mockumentary.' He has an eye for detail and an innate sense of what makes people tick, and he fills his film with all the nuance and quirks of life that can be found every day in any small town or metropolis across the country. With this film he holds up the mirror and says, `Go ahead, take a look,' and it gives you a chance to let your hair down and perhaps realize that everything isn't quite as serious as it seems sometimes; a chance to laugh at yourself and the guy next to you, with nothing but the best intentions, while affording you the opportunity of just having some good, old fashioned fun. And that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 9/10.

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