R | | Comedy
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.
The music and lyrics for "Red, White, and Blaine" were written and composed by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, who were the three stars of This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
Dr. Allan Pearl:
I think I got a, a, an entertaining bug... from my grandfather... uh, Chaim Pearlgut, who was very very big in the, um, Yiddish, uh, theater, back in New York. He was in the, the very... the sardonically irreverent... "Dybbuk Shmybbuk, I Said 'More ...
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.
During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store.
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.
$37,990 (USA) (2 February 1997)