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A Prairie Home Companion

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Robert Altman

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Plot Summary

A prestigious cast headed by Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner director Robert Altman ("Short Cuts," "Gosford Park"), including Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones ("In the Valley of Elah," "The Client") and Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada," "The Bridges of Madison County"), among many others star in this fictionalized film account of Garrison Keeler's popular radio program. The Fitzgerald Theater is about to close for business after radio station WLT is purchased by a rich Texan company and the celebrity cast prepares for its last performance as they fill quirky roles of singing cowboys, stagehands, businessmen and angles. Also starring Lindsay Lohan ("Georgia Rule," "Mean Girls"), Academy Award-nominee Woody Harrelson ("Semi-Pro," "Natural Born Killers") and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee John C. Reilly ("Chicago," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 191
  • Fresh: 155
  • Rotten: 36
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans. No, the cinema's girl with the curl is back, and this time he's very, very bad. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It sparkles with a magic all its own as an engagingly performed piece of Midwestern whimsy and stoicism. Mr. Altman's flair for ensemble spectacle and seamless improvisation in the midst of utter chaos is as apparent as ever. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Apr 25, 2007

Fresh: What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A Prairie Home Companion is about small-beer showbiz professionals who face extinction with a smile on their face, a song in their heart, and a biscuit in their belly. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Meryl Streep

I loved this movie!I love Meryl Streep she is 1of thoose actresses that the first time you see her you feel like you know her!!!!!! Meryl you rock!

Very Entertaining


Disappointing and disjointed

I realize that "disjointed" describes every episode of Prairie Home Companion, but it's a cohesive and meaningful sort of disjointedness.

This movie, not so much.

I loved all the characters. The story line, which didn't really exist, should have been minimized. Since the story seemed to have been an afterthought, it should have been treated as such, instead of ham-fistedly forcing itself into the way of the show.

Three very eager PHC fans started watching the movie, then lost interest and drifted in and out of the room. At times, there was only one person watching, who may not have even been awake for much of the show.

I caught more of it than anyone else, and when the others asked me what had happened and I answered, they asked, "Really? That was it?"

I still love PHC. It's just better as radio, the "theater of the mind".

A Prairie Home Companion
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Released: 2006

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