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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Meryl Streep , Tommy Lee Jones , Robert Altman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SXYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Prairie Home Companion" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Robert Altman and actor Kevin Kline
  • "Come Play With Us: A Feature Companion" featurette
  • "Onstage at the Fitzgerald: A Music Companion" - extended musical performances and advertising segments
  • Soundtrack preview (jump to songs in the film)
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Robert Altman directs an all-star ensemble cast in this cinematic adaptation of one of public radio's longest running hit shows - Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. Still going strong as ever, PHC is heard every weekend by over 4 million listeners each week on over 580 radio stations around the world!

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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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I wish I'd said this: A Prairie Home Companion is a lovely film about death, and with some great bad jokes. Death and how we deal with it drifts through the film like a dream, but it turns out to be real. Word has gotten around that the 30-year-old radio program is giving its last show. The theater where it has been broadcast from all these years has been sold and will be turned into a parking lot. A woman in a white trench coat moves dream-like through the place, searching for a person whose time has come, and then finds him. And then she finds another. Memories of past successes are talked about, but sometimes not. Reminiscences are wept over or laughed over. The backstage emergencies happen and are dealt with and the radio show goes on. It's just a marvelous movie. People who dislike the actual A Prairie Home Companion will probably not like this movie. Those who do like the radio show I'm sure are going to run out and buy the DVD of the movie as soon as it's available.

Garrison Keillor is not center stage so much as he's the imperturbable head guy who isn't always there, even when he's there. Most of the regular members of the radio show are present, as well as some new names. Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep are incredibly authentic and incredibly funny/poignant as the two remaining members, Rhonda and Yolanda Johnson, of a country-music family singing group. Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly are great as the dim cowboys, Lefty and Dusty. Their bad-jokes song is one of the highlights. Guy Noir looking like Kevin Kline tries to keep a lid on the crises. Streep and Tomlin (and Harrelson and Reilly) sing their own stuff and they are first class. Tomlin, in particular, gives a terrific performance as Rhonda, tough, funny, a little bitter and a trooper.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining radio experience! June 9, 2006
This is definitely one of the most entertaining film experiences I've had in a while. Garrison Keillor plays himself in this musical dramady that depicts the sundown performance of the popular National Public Radio program "A Prairie Home Companion". Robert Altman directs the screenplay by Keillor. The film is nostalgic in timbre with elements of noir detective mystery. Keillor's dry and straight-faced humor coupled with the stellar performances of the star studded caste makes this film a must see. I saw it in a packed theatre which helped create the experience of actually being in the audience of the real show. As the show's last performance ensues, we are given a look into the private lives of the shows performers and the past life of one of the show's listeners. "A Prairie Home Companion" is smart, funny and musically astute, just like the real show. NPR fans will get an extra lift from this flick but anyone with a bit of wit and an ear for great story telling is bound to find this movie enjoyable. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funeral for a Tuxedoed Penguin June 18, 2006
No movie has packed more punch than Robert Altman's "Nashville" as a criticism of life, a chilling yet exhilarating dissection of a culture incapable of living the examined life. Altman was in control with that film, seizing upon a "real" place as a microcosmic landscape of mid-1970's America, then orchestrating the actions of characters who ironically have lost their place. But Garrison Keillor is himself the personification of control, a highly skilled literary and dramatic artist not the least of whose creations is the wise and witty persona serving as host of his faux-retro radio show, which is his own criticism of life.

Altman captures Keillor's cosmos, but nowhere does it acquire the life-like authenticity of "Nashville," "The Player," or "Gosford Park." The ironies that Altman's camera normally exposes have already been attended to by another ironist of undeniable brilliance. This is Keillor country, ordered exactly as its creator writes, acts, narrates, and sings it. I've attended a broadcast of "Prairie Home Companion" and found it curiously distant and unengaging, my presence and that of the rest of the audience serving as props, or a bit of window dressing, for the purpose of establishing the show's credibility for a home audience. In fact, the entire premise of the movie is absurd--the last broadcast of a folksy variety radio show that was never more than a contrived simulation from the start. As a place, Nashville took itself seriously. By contrast, Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" has the feeling of those small town renovations with anachronistic gas lanterns, pricey soda fountains and quaint antique shops.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cinema From Lake Wobegon June 25, 2006
Robert Altman turns Garrison Keillor's long-running radio show into a truly unique experience. In less capable hands, this celluloid translation could have been disastrous. However, Altman is the perfect filmmaker to capture Keillor's musical and storytelling charm. An impressive cast (Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, John C. Reilly, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin) complements Keillor's radio ensemble with their comedic and vocal talents. Though a bit pretentious at times (Virginia Madsen's "Dangerous Woman" gradually wears out her welcome), Altman and Keillor maintain a comfortable tone of lighthearted nostalgia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Garrison Keillor Fans
We've listened to Prairie Home Companion for 30 plus years and this film was fantastic, creating the radio program for the screen but with some interesting twists. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Timothy R. Keck
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie; enjoyed the stars
If you're a Prairie Home Companion fan then you'll love this movie. It truly is like the broadcast radio show.
Published 8 days ago by Deni Berigan-Pirro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A must watch from beginning to end. Must listen to every conversation to understand what a wonderful story this is
Published 10 days ago by molly barcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Fun Movie
This is the second time I watched it (first time in a theatre). So fun to see GK "in person". I highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by YvonneinSonoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Prairie Home Companion
When I purchased the dvd of this I received this instant video, haven't seen this so I am unable to rate it.
Published 1 month ago by Happy Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Cline need I say more...but I will.
If you like the old radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion", you will love this movie. It's basically a behind the scenes look at what goes on with the people involved in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LeAnne W.
3.0 out of 5 stars LINSEY LOHAN
Published 2 months ago by Martha Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Dusty and Lefty are my favorite characters by far! If you love the radio show you'll love the movie :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great
I love listening to the Prairie Home Companion on the radio, and have seen the show in person...but I was disappointed in the movie.
Published 2 months ago by ROSEMARY SOBALA
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Entertainment
On the surface the film in simply delightful entertainment. However, it really is about the inevitability of change, about the Angel of death being always around , about truth:... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loretta E. Skinner
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