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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gwen Fabin-Blunt - Councilwoman
... Steve Stark - Councilman
... Tucker Livingston - Councilman
... Glenn Welsch - Mayor
... Phil Burgess - Blaine Historian
... Corky St. Clair
... Ron Albertson
... Sheila Albertson
... Libby Mae Brown
... UFO Expert
... Dr. Allan Pearl
James McQueen ... Singing Auditioner (as Jim McQueen)
... Ping Pong Ball Juggler
... Raging Bull Auditioner
... Lloyd Miller
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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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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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31 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,990, 2 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,923,982
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The music and lyrics for "Red, White, and Blaine" were written and composed by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, who were the three stars of This Is Spinal Tap (1984). See more »

Goofs

When the Stage Manager says, "We're at fifteen," her mouth does not move with the words. See more »

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Corky St. Clair: I was shopping for my wife Bonnie. I buy most of her clothes and Mrs Pearl was in the same shop! And it just was an accident you know, we started talking... about panty hose, she was saying... whatever that's not the point of the story but what the point is is that through this accidental meeting... it's like a Hitchcock movie you know where you're thrown into a rubber bag and put in the trunk of a car, you find people. You find them. Something, is is it karma? Maybe. But we found him, that's ...
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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 »

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References The Remains of the Day (1993) See more »

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Teacher's Pet
Written by Joe Lubin
Daywin Music, Inc.
Administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)
Danced to and sung by Parker Posey (uncredited) at the audition
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A great little film that points out a quality in all of us
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Some people might say this film's improvisational nature is dull and slow, it's the complete opposite. Just imagine a movie completely improvised? Not only does it take talent, it takes guts and charisma to stay with something so bold. While the ending was a little abrupt, this film was still one to enjoy. Christopher Guest seems to have playing a homosexual down to a hilt. If it wasn't for his role in Best in Show, I thought he would forever be typecast as an eccentric gay character. A fun film to watch if you're into alternate types of comedy.

But this film also says a little something about the human condition. We aren't all people who wait for each other to speak and are perfectly capable of leading a group of people. This is Guest's gift: he can accentuate the insecurities we have within ourselves and portray it perfectly on celluloid.


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