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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lunch Lady
... Dusty
... Chuck Akers
... The Axeman
... GK
... Guy Noir
... Lola Johnson
... Dangerous Woman
... Lefty
... Molly
... Stage Manager
... Makeup Lady
... Yolanda Johnson
... Rhonda Johnson
Tom Keith ... Himself - Sound Effects Man
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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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Radio like you've never seen it before. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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

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Also Known As:

Noches mágicas de radio  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,566,293, 11 June 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,342,852
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George Clooney was offered the role of detective Guy Noir, but was forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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When we first see Yolanda in her dressing room, her dress is beige with a reddish jacket. Then she is on stage but her dress is now red with the same reddish jacket. See more »

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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Back Country Shuffle
Music by Pat Donohue
Performed by Pat Donohue & Richard A. Dworsky (as Richard Dworsky)
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Mama's little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb
16 April 2006 | by 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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