Waiting for Guffman (1996)

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An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.


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Director:

Christopher Guest

Writers:

Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy

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9 November 2002 | funkyfry
7
| Good spoof documentary from Guest
Sometimes dry, sometimes bubbling satire of middle America chronicles Corky Corkoran's (Guest) efforts to put on a spectacle commemorating the town of Blaine's 150th anniversary. Told in "mockumentary" style like most of Guest's films. Corky drafts an odd assortment of local talent to bring his historical revue to life, including the local dentist (Levy) and travel agent couple (O'Hara and Willard). Like "Spinal Tap", this film mercilessly spoofs the "artistic" pretentions of Corky and his cast, but the audience ends up feeling genuine affection for the characters, the provincial backwater of Blaine, and even Corky's awful show with laughable music and acting. Guest's performance, as well as several of the others, is very funny and memorable.

A likeable comedy that some audiences may find too slow... much funnier than his later (and more popular) "Best of Show".

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Trivia

When playing Blaine Fabin in "Red, White and Blaine," it becomes necessary for Dr. Pearl (Eugene Levy) to remove his glasses. Unfortunately, Dr. Pearl's glasses corrected his lazy eye problem. Actor Fred Willard was unaware of the gag during shooting, and after delivering the line, "What did your keen and perceptive eyes behold?" to Fabin, stared at Levy's lazy eye, finally understood why his line was funny, and "was gone for about ten minutes" with laughter.


Quotes

Ron Albertson: If there's an empty space, just fill it with a line, that's what I like to do. Even if it's from another show.


Goofs

In the Chinese dinner scene, Sheila's wine glass contains different amounts throughout the meal. At one point it's half full and then it's suddenly full.


Crazy Credits

During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store.


Alternate Versions

There is at least one rough cut of the film in circulation among fans of Guffman. It features an expanded performance of "Red, White and Blaine", including the musical number "This Bulging River", as well as dozens of alternate takes, as well as the exclusion of many scenes in the finished film, which were shot after this first rought cut was made.


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A Penny For Your Thoughts
Written by
Michael McKean and Christopher Guest
Courtesy of Tuxedo Time Music / Coney Island Whitefish Music / Hazen Music (ASCAP)
Sung by Parker Posey (uncredited) and Christopher Guest (uncredited) in the show

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