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Encyclopedia > A Prairie Home Companion (film)
A Prairie Home Companion
Directed by Robert Altman
Produced by Wren Arthur
Robert Altman
Written by Garrison Keillor
Starring Garrison Keillor
Meryl Streep
Lily Tomlin
Lindsay Lohan
Kevin Kline
Woody Harrelson
John C. Reilly
Virginia Madsen
Tommy Lee Jones
Maya Rudolph
Cinematography Edward Lachman
Editing by Jacob Craycroft
Distributed by Picturehouse
Release date(s) United States June 9, 2006
Country US
Language English
IMDb profile

A Prairie Home Companion (previously known as The Last Broadcast) is a 2006 ensemble comedy film elegy directed by Robert Altman, his final film released just five months before his death. It is based on A Prairie Home Companion, a program broadcast on public radio stations in the United States and elsewhere. The film is a fictional representation of behind-the-scenes activities on a long-running radio show that has unexpectedly been cancelled. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (620x981, 333 KB) Summary Movie poster of A Prairie Home Companion (2006 film). ... Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. ... Garrison Keillor (born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942) is an American author, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality. ... Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two time Academy Award winning American actress who has performed in movies, television and theater. ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986), known professionally as Lindsay Morgan Lohan, is an American actress and pop music singer. ... Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947 in St. ... Impromptu shot of Woody Harrelson in Eugene, Oregon, 2004 Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961), better known as Woody Harrelson, is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winner American actor. ... John C. Reilly John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor of Irish and Lithuanian [1] descent from the South Side of Chicago. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Tommy Lee Jones at the Cannes Film Festival Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an Oscar-winning American actor and director. ... Maya Rudolph (born July 27, 1972, in Gainesville, Florida) is an American actress/comedian, currently a cast member of NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... Picturehouse is a specialty film company formed in 2005 as a joint venture of New Line Cinema and HBO, as such it is a subsidiary of Time Warner. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Ensemble Plot is a reference to a particular type of film that contains several different storylines involving a large cast of characters. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Elegy was originally used for a type of poetic metre (Elegiac metre), but is also used for a poem of mourning, from the Greek elegos, a reflection on the death of someone or on a sorrow generally. ... Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. ... Prudence Johnson and Garrison Keillor live on-stage at Shelburne, Vermont as part of the 2005 Rhubarb tour A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor. ... Public broadcasting (also known as public service broadcasting or PSB) is the dominant form of broadcasting around the world, where radio, television, and potentially other electronic media outlets receive funding from the public. ...

Contents

Cast

It stars the show's creator, Garrison Keillor, who wrote the screenplay and plays himself. It also features: The creator god is the divine being that created the universe, according to various traditions and faiths. ... Garrison Keillor (born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942) is an American author, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ...

It should be noted that six of the stars (Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Virginia Madsen, and Woody Harrelson) as well as all the other members of the cast of the film (except Sue Scott and Lindsay Lohan) are midwesterners. Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two time Academy Award winning American actress who has performed in movies, television and theater. ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... Location of Oshkosh, Wisconsin City hall Downtown Oshkosh at U.S. Route 45 Oshkosh Public Museum Mouth of the Fox River into Lake Winnebago. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, also known as country and western music or country-western, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986), known professionally as Lindsay Morgan Lohan, is an American actress and pop music singer. ... Impromptu shot of Woody Harrelson in Eugene, Oregon, 2004 Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961), better known as Woody Harrelson, is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winner American actor. ... John C. Reilly John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor of Irish and Lithuanian [1] descent from the South Side of Chicago. ... A statue of the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, outside the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California A singing cowboy was a subtype of the archetypal cowboy hero of early Western films, popularized by many of the B-movies of the 1930s and the 1940s. ... Tommy Lee Jones at the Cannes Film Festival Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an Oscar-winning American actor and director. ... Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947 in St. ... Guy Noir is a fictional private detective regularly featured on the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Death, as a skeleton carrying a scythe, visiting a dying man. ... Tim Russell is a radio announcer and voice actor ( AFTRA/ SAG) in Minneapolis and St. ... Maya Rudolph (born July 27, 1972, in Gainesville, Florida) is an American actress/comedian, currently a cast member of NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... Stage management is a sub-discipline of stagecraft. ... Robin and Linda Williams are a folk music duo. ... Sue Scott is an actor and character voice actor ( AFTRA/ SAG/ AEA) in Minneapolis and St. ... Garrison Keillor (born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942) is an American author, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality. ... Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947 in St. ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... John C. Reilly John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor of Irish and Lithuanian [1] descent from the South Side of Chicago. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Impromptu shot of Woody Harrelson in Eugene, Oregon, 2004 Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961), better known as Woody Harrelson, is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winner American actor. ... The Midwestern United States (or Midwest) is an inland region of the United States of America. ...


Production notes

Principal photography for the film began on June 29, 2005 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota (the usual venue for the radio show). Filming ended on July 28, 2005. Principal Photography refers to the phase of film production during which the movie is actually shot, as distinct from pre-production and post-production. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Fitzgerald Theater is the oldest existing stage venue in the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the home of American Public Medias A Prairie Home Companion. ... Location in Ramsey County and the state of Minnesota. ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Because the Fitzgerald is a rather small building, other stage theaters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region had been considered as stand-ins. With some effort, the necessary film equipment was crammed into the structure. The basement was also used for sets due to lack of space. Set design also had to make the show more visually interesting, and fake dressing rooms were used in the film (the movie's production designer noted that Keillor's actual dressing room is "about the size of a very, very small bathroom"). Mickey's Diner, a landmark of downtown St. Paul, is also featured. Interior of the 1928 B. F. Keith Memorial Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts. ... The interior of the Comédie-Française, Paris, showing the stage, boxes, galleries and orchestra sections of the house. ... A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... this is total shite. ... Theatrical scenery is designed by a set designer, in collaboration with the director of the production. ... A dressing room is a part of a theater which gives performers space to get into costume and make-up. ... A typical American bathroom A bathroom is a room that may have different functions depending on the cultural context it is used in. ... Mickeys Dining Car Mickeys Diner is a classic Art Deco diner car restaurant in St. ...


Critical response

The general reaction to the film by critics has been favorable, as it has garnered an 80% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, a site that tallies prominent reviews. Roger Ebert awarded the film four out of four stars, saying, "What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound."[1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970 Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, author, and film critic who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, every week since 1967. ...


It has had its detractors, however. The controversial film critic Michael Medved gave the film one and a half stars (out of four) saying, "The entertainment value stands somewhere between thin and non-existent" and, "[it may be] the worst movie ever made that pooled the talents of four (count ‘em - four!) Oscar winners"[2] Michael Medved Michael Medved (born October 3, 1948) is an American nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host, film critic and author. ...


Desson Thomson from The Washington Post came between the two, saying that while the movie had its strengths, it was weaker than it should have been, in a review headlined "Honey, You Could Ask For More" (a reference to the opening theme song of the radio show and film)[3]. The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ...


Box office

The film had a successful limited release in the States and grossed $20,252,121.


DVD release

The DVD of A Prairie Home Companion was released October 10, 2006. October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

  • Altman was parodied on the radio program a few weeks before filming started in a Guy Noir skit on the June 4, 2005 edition of the show, recorded in Los Angeles. In it, he was portrayed as directing a film entitled People Standing Around Talking and Using Hand Gestures.
  • Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett were originally slated to play Dusty and Lefty.
  • On July 23, 2005, The New York Times reported[4] that to receive insurance for the shoot, 80-year-old Robert Altman had to hire Paul Thomas Anderson as a "backup" director to observe filming at all times and be prepared to take over for Altman in case of his incapacitation.[5][6].
  • APHC is the second major picture to be filmed in Minnesota in 2005. Northern parts of the state were abuzz a few months earlier when North Country, starring Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson, was filmed there. Few movies had been made in Minnesota in recent years, leading many to believe that the Minnesota Film and TV Board — intended to promote the state as a filming destination — had disbanded. It still exists, though the board is "restructuring" as of July 2005.
  • On November 1, 2005, the Star Tribune reported that an early screening in New York City for film distributors resulted in a heavy bidding war. Picturehouse bought the rights, and company President Bob Berney, "aiming to capitalize on the name recognition of the 31-year-old radio program, recommended that the title revert to A Prairie Home Companion. 'At the screening, Garrison (Keillor, the radio show's host and writer) said that to broaden the film's appeal, they were thinking about changing the name to Savage Love, so we may have an argument there,' Berney said."
  • APHC was the opening movie for the 2006 South by Southwest film festival on March 10.
  • Dusty and Lefty are also characters on the show. As with Noir, they act like their radio conterparts.
  • The film premiered in St. Paul, Minnesota on a briskly cold May 3, 2006 at the Fitzgerald Theater, which had projection and sound equipment specially brought in for that purpose. The film's stars arrived in ten horse-drawn carriages. Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News anchored his newscast from neighboring Minneapolis that night so that he would be able to attend.
  • Asphodel is a flower. It is referenced in the poem Demeter And Persephone by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  • While comparisons to Altman's Nashville are easy to make, A Prairie Home Companion features a striking reference to an earlier Altman film: Virginia Madsen plays a role that is remarkably similar in dress and behavior to the angelic woman in Brewster McCloud played by Sally Kellerman.
  • The film is very similar in structure to Radioland Murders which has more slap stick humor.
  • Lola has "4-5-94" stenciled on her jeans, likely a reference to the day Kurt Cobain is believed to have died.
  • The call letters of the radio station where the show aired, WLT ("With Lettuce and Tomatoes"), were used previously by Keillor in his novel WLT: A Radio Romance, and the station's owners, the Soderbergh brothers, are referred to in the dialogue.
  • This was Robert Altman's last film.

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A Prairie Home Companion (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1228 words)
A Prairie Home Companion (previously known as The Last Broadcast) is a 2006 ensemble comedy film elegy directed by Robert Altman, his final film released just five months before his death.
Principal photography for the film began on June 29, 2005 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota (the usual venue for the radio show).
It is referenced in the poem Demeter And Persephone by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
A Prairie Home Companion: Information from Answers.com (1586 words)
Although A Prairie Home Companion will probably never be considered among Altman's classic works, it does offer the opportunity to witness a great artist never questioning the purpose of creating art and entertainment even as death feels closer than ever before.
A Prairie Home Companion (previously known as The Last Broadcast) is a comedy film directed by Robert Altman and released on June 9, 2006.
The DVD of A Prairie Home Companion is planned for release on October 10, 2006.
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