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Waiting for Guffman (1996)

R | | Comedy | 31 January 1997 (USA)
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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.

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Christopher Guest
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Theaker ... Gwen Fabin-Blunt - Councilwoman
Michael Hitchcock ... Steve Stark - Councilman
Scott Williamson ... Tucker Livingston - Councilman
Larry Miller ... Glenn Welsch - Mayor
Don Lake ... Phil Burgess - Blaine Historian
Christopher Guest ... Corky St. Clair
Fred Willard ... Ron Albertson
Catherine O'Hara ... Sheila Albertson
Parker Posey ... Libby Mae Brown
David Cross ... UFO Expert
Eugene Levy ... Dr. Allan Pearl
James McQueen James McQueen ... Singing Auditioner (as Jim McQueen)
Turk Pipkin Turk Pipkin ... Ping Pong Ball Juggler
Jerry Turman ... Raging Bull Auditioner
Bob Balaban ... Lloyd Miller
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Storyline

A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show. Written by Piotr Zembrowski <zembrows@astro.utoronto.ca>

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Christopher Guest Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,990, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$2,923,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,923,982
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an early cut of the film, the musical alone ran 40 minutes. See more »

Goofs

The clock on the VCR in the trailer flashes (the time isn't set) in long shots, but is correctly set in close-up. See more »

Quotes

Corky St. Clair: I got off that boat with nothing but my dancers belt and a tube of CHAPSTICK!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is at least one rough cut of the film in circulation among fans of Guffman. It features an expanded performance of "Red, White and Blaine", including the musical number "This Bulging River", as well as dozens of alternate takes, as well as the exclusion of many scenes in the finished film, which were shot after this first rought cut was made. See more »

Connections

References Teacher's Pet (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Stool Boom
Written by Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest
Courtesy of Dog on the Beach Music / Coney Island Whitefish Music / Hazen Music (ASCAP)
Sung by the cast in the show
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Good spoof documentary from Guest
9 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Sometimes dry, sometimes bubbling satire of middle America chronicles Corky Corkoran's (Guest) efforts to put on a spectacle commemorating the town of Blaine's 150th anniversary. Told in "mockumentary" style like most of Guest's films. Corky drafts an odd assortment of local talent to bring his historical revue to life, including the local dentist (Levy) and travel agent couple (O'Hara and Willard). Like "Spinal Tap", this film mercilessly spoofs the "artistic" pretentions of Corky and his cast, but the audience ends up feeling genuine affection for the characters, the provincial backwater of Blaine, and even Corky's awful show with laughable music and acting. Guest's performance, as well as several of the others, is very funny and memorable.

A likeable comedy that some audiences may find too slow... much funnier than his later (and more popular) "Best of Show".


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