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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.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Garrison Keillor (screenplay), Garrison Keillor (story) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marylouise Burke ... Lunch Lady
Woody Harrelson ... Dusty
L.Q. Jones ... Chuck Akers
Tommy Lee Jones ... The Axeman
Garrison Keillor ... GK
Kevin Kline ... Guy Noir
Lindsay Lohan ... Lola Johnson
Virginia Madsen ... Dangerous Woman
John C. Reilly ... Lefty
Maya Rudolph ... Molly
Tim Russell ... Stage Manager
Sue Scott ... Makeup Lady
Meryl Streep ... Yolanda Johnson
Lily Tomlin ... Rhonda Johnson
Tom Keith Tom Keith ... Himself - Sound Effects Man
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Live every show like it's your last. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noches mágicas de radio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,566,293, 11 June 2006

Gross USA:

$20,342,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,986,072
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "4-5-94" written on Lola's (Lindsay Lohan's) right jean leg is a reference to the date of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain's supposed suicide. See more »

Goofs

When the Dangerous Lady enters the diner, her top left button is covered by the lapel due to her coat being closed tight. In the next shot the coat is opened more and the button is exposed. Then in the next shot, the button is covered by the lapel again. 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
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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

Spoofs The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Smooth Talker
Music by Pat Donohue & Richard A. Dworsky (as Richard Dworsky)
Performed by Pat Donohue & Richard A. Dworsky (as Richard Dworsky)
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Surprise, Surprise
19 April 2006 | by AMohajer1See all my reviews

Who knew that Lindsay Lohan could deliver a performance of this caliber? My friends and I, all movie aficionados, were stunned by her performance, albeit a supporting role. I never EVER thought I would utter those words. As mentioned earlier, Lohan's real acting debut is here.

Still, her's is highlighted by a magnificent ensemble, particularly Tomlin and Streep, who give dazzling performances. After all these years, they've still got it- and Tomlin, an Altman favorite, is particularly up to par with the snap-and-go dialogue.

As always, his direction must be taken with a grain of salt- you either love him or hate him, but the performances are what make this film soar.

Kudos!


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