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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 9 June 2006 (USA)
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A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lunch Lady
Chuck Akers
The Axeman
Dangerous Woman
Stage Manager
Makeup Lady
Tom Keith ...
Himself - Sound Effects Man


A final live variety show broadcast via radio becomes a metaphor for the natural order of life. A concept and script by Garrison Keilor uses every natural and technical element of working with a tight and close ensemble producing a weekly show to sooth us and guide us through the natural but difficult transitions of aging, becoming less relevant and then dying as new, young life develops and strengthens during our final "performances." This is a rare film for it's remarkable cast and crew and one wonders how the great Robert Altman was able to gather them all at the same place and time to shoot this film. Written by Dave Seaman

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Live every show like it's your last. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for risque humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noches mágicas de radio  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,566,293 (USA) (9 June 2006)


$20,338,609 (USA) (6 October 2006)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Kline's character Guy Noir is the main character in one of the serialized stories written by Garrison Keillor for the real Prairie Home Companion radio show. See more »


While Guy Noir sits at his desk, there is an "On Air" sign common to radio and TV stations. It is switched on, that is to say, the light bulb in the "On Air" sign is switched on. In a later scene the radio show is still on the air, but the sign is switched off. Technically, it should still be on, whenever a microphone is open in the studio. See more »


[first lines]
Radio Announcer: Market reports today, barrows and gilts uh two hundred twenty to two hundred sixty pounds, they're lower at forty dollars uh sows are steady three hundred five hundred pounds thirty four to thirty seven dollars going over to feeder cattle, beef steers - one hundred twenty to one hundred fifty dollars and two hundred to three hundred
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit for Sign Painter in the film, although it does not appear on the official site. See more »


References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »


Old Plank Road
Music & Lyrics by Robin Williams (as Robin) & Linda Williams
Performed by Robin Williams (as Robin) & Linda Williams and The Guys All-Star Shoe Band
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A Joyful Film About Death
10 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As usual Altman will divide his audience in a radical way. He, clearly, doesn't do it on purpose but it happens more often than not with the works of real artists where there is no room (or very little) for concessions. It is what it is, his vision, his whole. He mentioned that the film was about death and found that not everyone agreed not even some of his closest and more devoted collaborators. That's what he saw, that's what it is but it's bound to be contradicted by critics and audiences alike. Personally, I don't think I'll see a better film this year. The work of an idiosyncratic artist and masterful craftsman doesn't hit the main stream screens every day of the week. My only reservation is that the film is too short. I wanted to go on and on and on. To say that Meryl Streep is sublime seems kind of redundant but never mind, she is, sublime, surprising, funny, very funny, moving, very, very moving. Lily Tomlin and Meryl have the best moments in the film. They appear, look and sound as if they had been working together all their lives. Total chemistry. Lindsay Lohan is the biggest surprise. Good for her. That's the way to forge a way ahead. Work with the best. Woody Harrelson and John C Reilly are simply glorious. Kevin Kline does a Kevin Kline in the most enchanting way. It was also a delight to see Garrison Keillor himself playing himself, not just wonderfully but very convincingly as well. I recommend it with all my heart.

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