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Waiting for Guffman
     

Waiting for Guffman

4.8 18

Cast: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara

 

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The city of Blaine, Missouri is celebrating its sesquicentennial, and what better reason could there be to put on a show? Corky St. Claire (Christopher Guest), current leader of Blaine's community theater group and creator of a stage musical version of Backdraft that led to the unfortunate destruction of the theater, has been commissioned to put together a

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The city of Blaine, Missouri is celebrating its sesquicentennial, and what better reason could there be to put on a show? Corky St. Claire (Christopher Guest), current leader of Blaine's community theater group and creator of a stage musical version of Backdraft that led to the unfortunate destruction of the theater, has been commissioned to put together a musical about the city's noble history, "Red, White and Blaine," which stars a variety of the town's theatrical talent. Corky's cast includes Ron and Sheila Albertson (Fred Willard and Catherine O'Hara), a pair of married travel agents that Corky calls "the Lunts of Blaine;" Allan Pearl (Eugene Levy), a dentist who insists that he wasn't the class clown in high school but did sit next to him; Libby Mae Brown (Parker Posey), a sweet young thing who lives for her job at the Dairy Queen; and Clifford Wooley (Lewis Arquette), an "Old Blainian" who makes gun racks from deer hooves. Somehow, Corky has persuaded a major theatrical producer in New York to send a representative to look at the show -- is it possible that "Red, White and Blaine" could be headed to Broadway? Christopher Guest directed and co-wrote this very funny mock-documentary, in addition to playing the flamboyant Corky; Guests's partners from This Is Spinal Tap, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, helped write the memorable songs for "Red, White and Blaine."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With its understanding that humor comes from humanity, Waiting for Guffman is a gem of a comedy. At the center of it all is Corky St. Claire, a failed Broadway performer who has become the biggest fish in the very, very small pond that is Blaine, MO. In Corky, director Christopher Guest personifies the recurring motif of the film: self-delusion. While Guest invests the character with every conceivable gay stereotype, there are references to a Mrs. St. Claire. Guest is not playing this for cheap laughs; he is underscoring the thematic center of the film. Instead of facing up to what they really are, these characters lose themselves in the make-believe world of community theater. Waiting for Guffman is populated by characters unwilling or unable to face themselves. Allan Pearl (the town dentist), Ron and Sheila Albertson (Blaine's travel agents and theater stars), and Libby Mae Brown all lead lives of quiet desperation, revealed in sharply observed scenes and monologues that prove them each to be at best self-delusional and at worst utterly clueless about themselves. The central conceit of the film, that a Broadway producer would come to Missouri to see their show, is a metaphor for how far these characters are from living in their own worlds. There are big laughs in the film such as the montage of townsfolk auditioning for the show, a revealing dinner out with the Pearls and the Albertsons, and the tour of Corky's movie memorabilia (featuring My Dinner With Andre action figures). But at its heart, Waiting for Guffman is concerned with sad people. If the filmmakers didn't love these people so much, the movie would come off as cruel. Fortunately, they do, and the result is a bittersweet comic masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2014
UPC:
0888574092825
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
24,879

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Guest Corky St. Claire
Eugene Levy Allan Pearl
Fred Willard Ron Albertson
Catherine O'Hara Sheila Albertson
Bob Balaban Lloyd Miller
Parker Posey Libby Mae Brown
Lewis Arquette Clifford Wooley
Matt Keeslar Johnny Savage
Paul Dooley UFO Abductee
Paul Benedict Roy Loomis (Not Guffman)
Larry Miller Mayor Glenn Welsch
Brian Doyle-Murray Red Savage
David Cross UFO Expert

Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Andy Blumenthal Editor
Julie Carnahan Costumes/Costume Designer
John Frick Art Director
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Eugene Levey Screenwriter
Michael McKean Songwriter
Karen Murphy Producer
Jennifer Murphy Sound/Sound Designer
Liz Ryan Asst. Director
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer
Harry Shearer Songwriter
Ginger Sledge Associate Producer

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Waiting for Guffman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any one who has ever done any theater at any level will be able to relate to ALL of the characters in this film. Hysterical from the first scene to the last. You can't watch just once!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show to be the holy trilogy of comedy. Guest puts out a ridiculously hilarious performance as Corky St. Clair, a former off off off off Broadway producer/director, who moves to the tiny town of Blaine, MO. I make a note to watch this movie as often as possible, sometimes to the dismay of my girlfriend. Other great performances are given by David Cross, Bob Balaban, Parker Posey, and of course Eugene, Catherine, and Fred are gems! The DVD extra's are just what the ultimate Guest fan is looking for. A must see!
binkinc More than 1 year ago
"Waiting for Guffman" is one of those litmus test movies, in the same vein as "Raising Arizona" or "Princess Bride." If a person likes it (and gets it), he/she and I have the potential to be great friends. Parker Posey is unforgettable, and Christopher Guest and company turn in hysterical performances in this parody of community theater. If you have any experience in that world, you'll recognize all the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all Christopher Guest's wonderfull movies this one is my favorite! All the characters are hysterical and I have fallen in love with all the brillant actors in this movie. I can't stop saying lines like, ''Everybody Dance'' and ''Cokes..You could stop in and get a coke, if your thirsty'' This movie is a MUST SEE, Please, please buy this movie its great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. A friend of mine raved on and on about it so finally I rented it. I had never seen any of Cristopher Guest's movies but now I'm hooked! If you are not sure whether to buy it or not. . . buy it! You will be satisfied!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest movies ever made! You can NOT watch this and not laugh out loud. Corky's dance? Classic goofy comedy! I had never thought much of Fred Willard before seeing him in Best in Show (the 1st Guest movie I saw). Since then, I have seen all of Mr. Guest's films, and I have come to see Mr. Willard as one of the funniest actors on film. I know these films are greatly improvisational, and that makes it even more brilliant - that these actors and actresses can pull it off like this is amazing! Smart of him to use the same group of actors in his films also. When your formula works, don't mess with it! Buy it, enjoy it, you will watch it over and over again. Money well spent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Spinal Tap a generation before it, Waiting for Guffman is funny from start to last from caption to caption. I could relate to the histrionics of Corky, the unfortunate and let's say "flamboyant" music director played brilliantly by Christopher Guest and small-town theatre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie to base my future friendships. Example: if person X does not love this movie, then person X has no business being my friend! Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I reluctantly watched this movie, at the request of my younger brother, about five years ago. I have never laughed so hard in my life. If you come from a small town, know someone from a small town, participated in community theater, or all of the above, you will relate to this movie and find yourself quoting lines from it. My now husband tolerated watching it with me when we first met and this is now one of our favorite pasttimes after a long day at work or any time we need a quick laugh. We also tend to quote this movie at family functions (''Dibick Schmibik, I said more ham'' and ''it's the day of the show, y'all!!'') to the dismay of the rest of our family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've ever suffered through a local theater production, or if you've ever been compelled by circumstance to sit at a dinner with the local theater folks who sincerely believe that their efforts are worthy of the Broadway circuit, or if you've even been unfortunate enough to run into the local folks who can say with a straight face that their local community theater group is far superior to anything Broadway or Hollywood has to offer, you must -- I repeat, MUST -- see this movie at least a half dozen times. It is inspired, maniacal, and superior lampooning.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one film you can watch many times over and it will get funnier and funnier. Great chracters and witty dialogue make this film a classic. If you like Spinal Tap, or Best in Show you will love this movie by Christopher Guest. I know funny, and this is Funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ed Koops might have built all the microwave towers to complete the SPRINT network but as of February 2001 he had NOT seen WFG and had to be indoctrinated to complete him as an individual. Project accomplished and he LOVED it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate off beat humor, awkward moments, you'll love this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is really funny. It keeps you hooked from the beginning with the bizarre townfolks, and history. In my opinion it was hilarious, and I would highly recommend it! It was very funny and I have told all my friends about it. If you're looking for a comedy (that's not stupid), you should watch this!