A Prairie Home Companion

June 9th, 2006


A Prairie Home Companion

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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.8/10 (15,152 voted)

Critic's Score: 75/100

Director: Robert Altman

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson

"A Prairie Home Companion", hosted by humorist

Writers: Garrison Keillor, Garrison Keillor

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 - Himself - Sound Effects Man

Taglines: Live every show like it's your last.


Official Website: Bac Films [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 9 June 2006

Filming Locations: Fitzgerald Theater - 10 Exchange Street E., St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €371,854 (Italy) (4 June 2006) (115 Screens)

Gross: $20,342,852 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Garrison Keillor got the name Lola for Lindsay Lohan's character from the song "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" from the musical "Damn Yankees" after Lohan successfully lobbied for a place in the film, even though there was no part written for her in the original script. Her character's name was also Lola in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Continuity: The cigarette behind Guy Noir's ear changes positions between shots.

[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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User Review

A Joyful Film About Death

Rating: 10/10

As usual Altman will divide his audience in a radical way. He, clearly, doesn't do it on purpose but it happens more often than not with the works of real artists where there is no room (or very little) for concessions. It is what it is, his vision, his whole. He mentioned that the film was about death and found that not everyone agreed not even some of his closest and more devoted collaborators. That's what he saw, that's what it is but it's bound to be contradicted by critics and audiences alike. Personally, I don't think I'll see a better film this year. The work of an idiosyncratic artist and masterful craftsman doesn't hit the main stream screens every day of the week. My only reservation is that the film is too short. I wanted to go on and on and on. To say that Meryl Streep is sublime seems kind of redundant but never mind, she is, sublime, surprising, funny, very funny, moving, very, very moving. Lily Tomlin and Meryl have the best moments in the film. They appear, look and sound as if they had been working together all their lives. Total chemistry. Lindsay Lohan is the biggest surprise. Good for her. That's the way to forge a way ahead. Work with the best. Woody Harrelson and John C Reilly are simply glorious. Kevin Kline does a Kevin Kline in the most enchanting way. It was also a delight to see Garrison Keillor himself playing himself, not just wonderfully but very convincingly as well. I recommend it with all my heart.


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