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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 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

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


Comedy | Drama | Music

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)


£75,355 (UK) (5 January 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


To broaden the film's appeal, Garrison Keillor considered retitling the film "Savage Love". Bob Berney, President of Picturehouse, was adamant that the film should retain its original title of "A Prairie Home Companion". See more »


In the Lobby scene when Guy Noir is talking to Donna, the make-up lady, he leaps over the bar to retrieve something. The bottles on the bar change just before he jumps over as the camera angle changes, then they change again to a third set of bottles after he leaps over the bar. 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
[fade out]
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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 »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.7 (2008) See more »


Independence Rag
Music by Pat Donohue & Andy Stein
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Mama's little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb
16 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion" is light, fluffy and fun, much like the radio show. As long as audiences keep this in mind, they'll be sold like Rhubarb pie and duct tape advertised during the broadcast.

The outstandingly cast ensemble and Altman's signature directing style stitch a flowing patchwork of laughs and tinges of nostalgia. Streep and Tomlin are dynamic together (and sing beautifully!), and Kline carries much of the film's comedy on his capable shoulders. The film represents a bygone era that the people of the show are still living in. Only Virginia Madsen, Lindsay Lohan and Tommy Lee Jones represent the outsiders to the otherwise coherent culture of the show, and as the film progresses, affect it and are affected by it in different ways.

I generally prefer films, however comic or fun they are, to have some deeper themes. But unlike the multi-layered theater that most of the film takes place in, there's nothing really behind the scenes here- it's art for arts sake. However, I still enjoyed the film and am actually relieved it didn't bog down in anything too serious.

Whether audiences are fans of the radio show or not, the film's worth its weight in Narco Bran Flakes.

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