MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 550 this week

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  9 June 2006 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 17,919 users   Metascore: 75/100
Reviews: 276 user | 210 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 03 Apr 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 19 Jul 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 11 Jun 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 14 Jul 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A Prairie Home Companion (2006) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Prairie Home Companion.

User Polls

3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin
Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
Billy Elliot (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert
Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks
Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron
High Fidelity (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

It's the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Stars: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall, Jan Wikbladh
Chicago (2002)
Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

"A Prairie Home Companion", hosted by humorist Garrison Keillor, is a down home radio variety show recorded and performed live in front of an audience in a theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. A show from another era, "A Prairie Home Companion" has been canceled. The regulars are performing on the last show, including Dusty & Lefty, singing/guitar playing cowboys with a risqué sense of humor, and the Johnson Girls, a sister singing duo of Rhonda and Yolanda who have a penchant for talking over each other. As the show goes on, the regulars, backstage, talk about their lives in relation to the show. Other goings-on include Yolanda and others trying to convince her shy somber daughter, Lola, to sing on this last show. As all this goes on, a mysterious woman in a white trench coat who is on a mission wanders around the theater, while the show's dim security guard, Guy Noir, who usually has nothing to do security-wise, follows. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Radio like you've never seen it before. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Prairie Home Companion  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£75,355 (UK) (5 January 2007)

Gross:

£75,355 (UK) (5 January 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in high-definition video and then transferred to 35mm film. See more »

Goofs

The cigarette behind Guy Noir's ear changes positions between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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
[fade out]
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in A Prairie Home Companion: Exclusive Sneak Peek (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
Traditional
Performed by Cast and The Guys All-Star Shoe Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is Altman in his element
21 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Prairie Home Companion

rating: 3.5 out of 4

In truth, I'm not one to worship Robert Altman. His films—barring the rarities—have been, for me, mostly inconsequential. They're wispy and lighthearted and mostly nonchalant. They work, but on a momentary basis; acting like a bubble that bursts the second the lights go up. Most of the same can be said about A Prairie Home Companion. Only, this time is simply works better.

Garrison Keillor who penned the "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show also works the fingers behind the typewriter for its film adaptation. His script has a kind of "concentrated structure" to it; it's duration running throughout "A Prairie Home Companion's" final live broadcasted show. He balances onstage performance between backstage interactions, the camera smoothly swirling amongst the audience, the stage, and the inner workings of the theatre.

If Altman flashed the negative to achieve a washed-out look for The Long Goodbye, he did quite the opposite for A Prairie Home Companion. The cinematography is rich and sensational, often whirling between different sets in long, gorgeously extended shots. This isn't your typical backstage DV debacle; but the work of a director at the very height of his career.

The cast is yet another stunning ensemble, most of them probably flocking to Altman's direction. Beat this: Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones, Lindsay Lohan, John C.Reilly, and Garrison Keillor. Yeah. The beauty of the film is that none of these actors quite seem to be acting. Attribute this to Altman's classic overlapping dialogue, but don't forget to bow your heads to the performers as well. Often I'm annoyed by Altman's stubborn persistence with overlapping dialogue. I'll argue that when Altman should be trying to make cinema, he insists on imitating real life. But with A Prairie Home Companion, the overlapping dialogue is mandatory. Altman's best when he's making a film mostly about people and not about story. This is most obvious here. My one complaint with the film is its aversion to storyline. But this isn't too much of a problem because A Prairie Home Companion is, if nothing else, about the people of the radio show. This is a story about human beings, where overlapping dialogue is only expected.

The story finds itself toeing the line with magical realism. Virginia Madsen plays The Dangerous Woman, who Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) first describes as a femme fatale, and later as an angel. As she convinces us of her divinity, Noir finds a way to use her as an assassin to ward off the buyers of the radio show. This fantasy element works only to heighten the vibrancy of the rest of the film, where feet stay firmly planted to reality. Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin play the singing sisters Yolanda and Rhonda Johnson, with Lindsay Lohan as their gloomy daughter Lola. The three, as contrasting as the actors are on paper, flit about in a realm of familial nostalgia, with Lola penciling out her suicidal songs and scoffing beside their make-up mirrors. John C. Reilly and Woody Harrelson are Dusty and Lefty, the singing cowboys who crack dirty jokes backstage and jerk the chain of censorship with Al (Tim Russell), the stage manager. Chuck Akers (L.Q. Jones) and Evelyn (Marylouise Burke) are the elderly lovebirds who chase a potentially fatal lovemaking. And holding all these characters together is Garrison Keillor, whose nostalgia is matched only by his pragmatism and lack of sentimentality towards the show's demise. His performance is probably the most memorable, as the picture is fuller when he strolls about within it, offering truth to the blind antics of some of the other roles with his endless cache of stories.

A Prairie Home Companion's bubble doesn't burst as the lights go up. Instead, we find ourselves wishing the show would go on and the performers keep up doing their crazy little acts. This is Altman in his element; where humans are meant to be portrayed as humans. It's still lighthearted and mostly nonchalant, sure, but it's also about nostalgia and reminiscence, and the beauty that surrounds a family built behind the red curtains and a WLT microphone.


143 of 193 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Terrible and Boring Tee34
At the end, who was the angel after? joedolinsky
WE DON'T TALK LIKE THAT!!! LoveBS
100 things I learned from a prarie home companion alexweiss3
Don't complain about movies that aren't for you MatthewRPratter
Lindsay's performance tmccalle
Discuss A Prairie Home Companion (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?