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Waiting for Guffman (1997)

Lewis Arquette , Bob Balaban  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lewis Arquette, Bob Balaban, David Cross (II), Paul Dooley, Brian Doyle-Murray
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC5D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Waiting for Guffman" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage specially compiled by Christopher Guest
  • Feature-length commentary and selectable deleted scenes commentary by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy

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A former big-city musical star gathers the residents of Blaine, Missouri together to create a production in hopes of being discovered.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: R
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best In Show Plus Rocky Horror Equals Guffman August 16, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Waiting for Guffman is another wonderful mockumentary from actor/director Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best in Show) and cowriter/partner in crime Eugene Levy. The film highlights the big dreams and raw (very raw) talent of the five stars of �Red, White and Blaine,� the celebratory musical commemorating Blaine, Missouri�s 150th anniversary.
The humor in Guffman is of the cut-above variety, founded on relationships and underlined by the characters� hopes. Guest plays Corky St. Clair, a refugee from Broadway who has found a niche for his special abilities as the de facto King of Theater in Blaine. Levy plays the town dentist who is auditioning for the very first time. Parker Posey is the perky, poignant and perhaps pathetic ingenue who works at the Dairy Queen. Catherine O�Hara and Fred Willard prove the maxim that matching sweatsuits betray an unhappy marriage. Bob Balaban plays Lloyd Miller the music director who is grounded in reality, although his suggestion that the cast might spend some of the rehearsal time actually practicing the songs and dances is met with hostility. As an ex-theater major from Hays, Kansas I found the characters 100% real even while laughing at the absurdity of their belief in the possibility that they might take their show to Broadway.
The musical itself would make a great cult movie in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The events commemorated include the settling of Blaine (in which a wagon train leader manages to convince an entire group of people that they�ve already reached California), the famous UFO sighting and alien encounter, and the founding of the stool-making business which drove Blaine�s economy for generations.
The DVD is worth seeing just for the extra features.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting, but not in vain (or is it "Blaine"?) March 10, 2004
"Waiting for Guffman" is generally considered the follow-up to the now-legendary rockumentary "This is Spinal Tap." Despite having a different director (this gem is directed by its star, Christopher Guest), iut has the same brand of straight-faced hilarity from one hysterical moment to the next. It's one of the funniest and most underrated films of the 1990s.
The dinky but proud town of Blaine Missouri (the "footstool capitol" of the world) is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a (for them) major celebration of civic pride. Self-exiled theatrical producer Corky St. Claire (Guest) happens to be living in this town, after the failure of his last New York show (he almost burned it down). Corky sees this as an opportunity to get back to Broadway, by creating the historical musical "Red, White and Blaine." In theory, the musical will outline the town's history (complete with a visit by President McKinley and UFOs... on different occasions, of course).
Corky is even more elated when a Broadway scout, Mr. Guffman, is supposed to arrive to gauge "Red White and Blaine's" Broadway potential. This is his ticket out of there... and ditto for the slightly odd citizens who are cast in the play: a deadpan Dairy Queen clerk (Parker Posey), a pair of bickering travel agents (Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard), and a dentist with a lazy eye (the incomparable Eugene Levy). Despite a round of problems, cast losses, and the temporary loss of an irate Corky, the show must go on. But will Mr. Guffman arrive in time to see it?
In small relatively unknown towns, the people often dream of big things. Quite a few of them also have intense civic pride over stuff that nobody else could care less about (crop circles?).
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is it karma? - Maybe." July 13, 2000
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This is what director 'Corky St Claire' has the NERVE to say, congratulating himself on the progress of his self-penned show, 'Red, White and Blaine'. This 'mockumentary' is THE FUNNIEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN! It has it's own 'groove', and once you get onto the Guffman wave-length, you soon become an addict! Christopher Guest delivers his finest performance ever as small town Blaine's resident 'creative type', a tubby, autocratic drama teacher with 'off-off Broadway' experience. The fictional town of Blaine is so 'small town' that the fact that Corky is obviously gay never enters their thoughts; he's 'creative' (and 'from New York'!) The supporting cast, however, are in danger of stealing the movie from under his feet! Parker Posey is pathetically delightful as 'Libby Mae', a Dairy Queen employee who dreams of hitting Broadway so she can "meet Italian guys". Also praisworthy are the characters of "Ron" and "Sheila", a married couple of zero-talents who "Corky" dubbs 'The Lunts of Blaine'. Yet the real prize has to go to Eugene Levy as "Dr Pearl", the local dentist who lands a starring role in 'Red, White and Blaine'. "Dr Pearl" fancies himself as a comedian ("At family functions, I love breaking people up.") and Levy SOMEHOW manages to be hilariously funny playing a character who TRIES to be funny - and ISN'T! Anyone who has ever been involved with local theatre on any level whatsoever will ADORE this movie! Not only does it take a playful stab at Middle America, it ALSO pokes fun at the documentary genre itself (those tense close-ups, those hand-held cameras!) The cleverest, most intelligent comedy in years - 'Waiting for Guffman' has become a cult movie, and quite rightly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun to watch.
Love all the Christopher Guest mocumentaries.
Published 1 day ago by Rod Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars "A penny for your thoughts..."
Comedy brilliance. The burst of Guest's ensemble pieces. Loved this!
Published 3 days ago by JeffDalon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Stephen Karam
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny.
Worth it for the very brief scene of Guest dancing with his jeans on backwards alone. Hysterically funny, though in retrospect, maybe not as amazingly great as Best In Show.
Published 14 days ago by Pow
3.0 out of 5 stars Goofy movie, but well acted. Kind of pointless ...
Goofy movie, but well acted. Kind of pointless and quixotic - but pleasant - observation on small town life, human idiosyncrasy, local politics community theater and closeted... Read more
Published 14 days ago by rochelle wasserman
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch every Christopher Guest movie there is. Catch up.
It's a mock-umentary that's predominantly improvised. This may be my favorite one. Some would say Spinal Tap. But they're all good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nomnom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Top ten best comedies of all time.
Published 1 month ago by Alan Bilsborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a gift
Published 1 month ago by Judith A. Falout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 2 months ago by Kirsti
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Another hit comedy from the Team that brought you Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and For Your Consideration!
Published 2 months ago by Russ Greene
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