• Waiting for Guffman (1997)

Waiting for Guffman

Release Date: January 31st, 1997

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2001

R |1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

When the town of Blaine, Mo., approaches its sesquicentennial, there's only one way to celebrate: with a musical revue called "Red, White and Blaine." Hoping the show will be his ticket back to Broadway, impresario Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest) rounds up a cast of enthusiastic but untalented locals (Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara) to perform his masterwork. But, when Corky reveals that theater agent Mort Guffman will attend the opening, things really kick into high gear.

Cast: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Lewis Arquette, Matt Keeslar, Paul Dooley

Director: Christopher Guest

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Castle Rock Entertainment, Sony Pictures Classics, All Night Productions, Pale Morning Dun

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Underdog, 1990s, Witty, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    The nonstop amusing mockumentary Waiting for Guffman does to small-town acting troupes what "This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy-metal bands."

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Thirty minutes into Waiting for Guffman, my stomach hurt from laughing. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    I lost it just watching Corky show off such memorabilia as "My Dinner With Andre" action figures and a "Remains of the Day" lunch box. Priceless. show more

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