History Film / WaitingForGuffman

1st Feb '17 7:30:08 PM Mdumas43073
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''Waiting for Guffman'' is a {{Mockumentary}} starring, co-written and directed by Creator/ChristopherGuest that was released in 1997. Its cast included Catherine O'Hara, Creator/EugeneLevy, Fred Willard, Creator/ParkerPosey and others who would appear in several of the subsequent mockumentaries directed by Guest.

The residents of Blaine, Missouri - the self-proclaimed home of the first UFO landing in the United States (Blaine residents beg to differ with Roswell's claims) and stool capital of the world - are excited about the town's upcoming sesquicentennial celebration, which will have as its centerpiece the original musical production, "Red, White and Blaine." Corky St. Clair, the musical's writer/composer and former New York theater professional (off off off off Broadway) who currently leads the Blaine Community Players, will helm the production, assisted by high school music teacher Lloyd Miller. Corky and Lloyd are excited about their 'talented' cast of locals and the production as a whole, though Corky and Lloyd are themselves as untalented and unaware as their cast. Corky and company are especially anticipating the presence of a representative of the prestigious New York based Oppenheimer Organization, Mort Guffman, in the audience on opening night. In Corky's mind, a favorable review from Guffman means that the production is heading to Broadway. Through all the ups and downs (and more downs) of the pre-production, everyone in Blaine still can't wait for opening night and the arrival of Guffman, upon whom the cast and crew's dreams rest.

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''Waiting for Guffman'' is a 1997 {{Mockumentary}} starring, co-written and directed by Creator/ChristopherGuest that was released in 1997. Its cast included Catherine O'Hara, Creator/ChristopherGuest, who stars along with Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/EugeneLevy, Fred Willard, Creator/ParkerPosey Creator/ParkerPosey, Bob Balaban, and others who would appear in several of the subsequent mockumentaries directed by Guest.

The residents of Blaine, Missouri - -- the self-proclaimed home of the first UFO landing in the United States (Blaine residents beg to differ with Roswell's claims) and stool capital of the world - -- are excited about the town's upcoming sesquicentennial celebration, which will have as its centerpiece the original musical production, "Red, White and Blaine." Corky St. Clair, Clair (Guest), the musical's writer/composer and former New York theater professional (off off off off Broadway) who currently leads the Blaine Community Players, will helm the production, assisted by high school music teacher Lloyd Miller.Miller (Balaban). Corky and Lloyd are excited about their 'talented' cast of locals and the production as a whole, though Corky and Lloyd are themselves as untalented and unaware as their cast. Corky and company are especially anticipating the presence of a representative of the prestigious New York based Oppenheimer Organization, Mort Guffman, in the audience on opening night. In Corky's mind, a favorable review from Guffman means that the production is heading to Broadway. Through all the ups and downs (and more downs) of the pre-production, everyone in Blaine still can't wait for opening night and the arrival of Guffman, upon whom the cast and crew's dreams rest.


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20th Dec '16 6:28:53 PM LarryMullen
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* [[CaliforniaDoubling Texas Doubling]]: The exterior shots of Blaine, Missouri are actually the town of Lockhart, while most of the interiors were filmed in nearby Austin.
12th Jul '16 12:56:43 PM LentilSandEater
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* ArtisticLicenseMusic: In the overture, someone decided to dub in MIDI instruments, despite a live orchestra being the ones playing. This is either a gigantic InJoke to musicians, or an EpicFail on behalf of the music editor. It's not {{Lampshaded}}.
** WordOfGod stated that the musicians performed ''too'' well for the musical to be funny.

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* ArtisticLicenseMusic: In the overture, someone decided to dub in MIDI instruments, despite a live orchestra being the ones playing. This is either a gigantic InJoke to musicians, or an EpicFail on behalf of the music editor. It's not {{Lampshaded}}.
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WordOfGod stated that the musicians performed ''too'' well for the musical to be funny.
14th Aug '15 10:02:35 AM AnotherGuy
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** WordOfGod stated that the musicians performed ''too'' well for the musical to be funny.
14th Aug '15 9:59:55 AM AnotherGuy
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* TheBeard: See Girlfriend In Canada.
14th Aug '15 9:57:26 AM AnotherGuy
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* WhatTheHellHero: Corky gives a famous blistering TakeThat to the town council at his show being closed.
-->'''Corky:''' So what I'm understanding here - correct me, if I'm wrong - is that you're not givin' me any money. So now I'm left basically with nothin'. I'm left with zero, in which, in which, what can I do with zero, you know? What can I - I can't do anythin' with it! I need to, this is my life here we're talking about! We're not just talkin' about, you know, somethin' else. We're talking about my life, you know? And it's forcing me to do somethin' I don't wanna do. To leave. To, to go out and just leave and go home and say, make a clean cut here and say: 'No way, Corky, you're not puttin' up with these people!' And I'll tell you why I can't put up with you people - because you're bastard people! That's what you are! You're just bastard people! And I'm goin' home and I'm gonna, I'm gonna bite my pillow, is what I'm gonna do!
28th Jul '15 1:21:34 AM jormis29
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* BiggusDickus: Ron is apparently quite large down there, turns out that he went Jefferson City for a reduction surgery. Apparently [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Bigger Is]] ''[[AvertedTrope Not]]'' [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Better In Bed]]

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* BiggusDickus: Ron is apparently quite large down there, turns out that he went Jefferson City for a reduction surgery.surgery at his wife's insistence. Apparently [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Bigger Is]] ''[[AvertedTrope Not]]'' [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Better In Bed]]
26th Jul '15 9:17:52 PM jormis29
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* MeaningfulName: The name of the producer that everyone wants to impress is called Mort Guffman which the characters pronounce as "MacGuffin".

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* MeaningfulName: The name of the producer that everyone wants to impress is called Mort Guffman which the characters pronounce as like "MacGuffin".
26th Jul '15 9:16:53 PM jormis29
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* ComicallyCrossEyed: Allen goes cross-eyed when he removes his glasses. Naturally, Corky insists that he not wear his glasses while playing Blaine Fabin.
-->'''Allan as Blaine''': Gather round for I have news.\\
'''Sheila''': What news?\\
'''Ron''': What did your keen and perceptive eyes behold?
26th Jul '15 9:06:48 PM jormis29
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* MeaningfulName: The name of the producer that everyone wants to impress is called Mort Guffin which the characters pronounce as "MacGuffin".

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* MeaningfulName: The name of the producer that everyone wants to impress is called Mort Guffin Guffman which the characters pronounce as "MacGuffin".
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