A Prairie Home Companion 2006

A Prairie Home Companion

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The final film by the great Robert Altman, A Prairie Home Companion, the big screen adaptation of Garrison Keillor's radio broadcast showcases plenty of the director's strengths: it's got a gigantic cast and plenty of quirky acting and dialogue.

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A private investigator (Kevin Kline) keeps tabs on the proceedings as guests, cast and crew (Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson) of a long-running radio show prepare for the final broadcast. Their home, the Fitzgerald Theater, is due for demolition, and they await the arrival of the Texas axe-man (Tommy Lee Jones). Meanwhile, the show's creator and host (Garrison Keillor) conducts business as usual in the face of the show's impending demise.

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Critic Reviews for A Prairie Home Companion

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  • Sep 19, 2013
    Robert Altman is the only one who could have directed 'A Prairie Home Companion' and pulled it off, and he did. He's the only that can make people-watching so interesting. The entire cast is in top form, but this is Altman's show. The ensemble cast, the overlapping dialogue, the camera that essentially acts as a third party to all that's going on - it's all quite wonderful to watch.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2013
    A Prairie Home Companion is a nostalgic love letter to old time variety radio. Directed by Robert Altman and written by Garrison Keillor, the film follows the last performance of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion as the staff struggles to deal with the show's closing. The all-star cast features Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, and Lindsey Lohan; who all deliver wonderful performances. Both the story and the performances are engrossing, and really bring the audience into the lives of these characters. Additionally, the music is exceptionally well done; setting the perfect atmosphere for the show and embodying the feel of old time radio. Majestic and heartfelt, A Prairie Home Companion is a beautiful film that homages a lost part of Americana.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    it's a very.... strange film, no idea on the purpose of the story or any character interactions.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Altman's final film is a touching meditation on death and changing of the times. With a great ensemble, Altman delivers his swan song.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

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