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''A Prairie Home Companion'' is Creator/RobertAltman's last film, released in 2006. [[SoundToScreenAdaptation Loosely adapted]] from Garrison Keillor's [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion radio variety show of the same name]], it stars an EnsembleCast and Garrison Keillor AsHimself.
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!!Tropes from the movie:
* AllStarCast: Creator/KevinKline, MerylStreep, Lily Tomlin, Creator/JohnCReilly, Woody Harrelson, Creator/LindsayLohan, MayaRudolph, and Virginia Madsen.
* AngelUnaware: Asphodel
* AsHimself: Garrison Keillor. Actually, the character he playes is credited as "G.K.", with some notable personality differences: the RealLife Keillor doesn't have any problems with giving memorials on the radio, including moments of silence, and is only ''slightly'' less of a CloudCuckooLander than his film equivalent.
* CloudCuckooLander: Guy Noir most definitely ''and'' a lot of his clients; Garrison to a lesser extent.
* ContinuityNod: The station the film's version of ''APHC'' airs on, WLT, first appeared in Keillor's novel ''WLT: A Radio Romance''.
* DeadAir: After one of the singers passes away backstage during the show, they briefly consider having a moment of silence for him on the show.
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''Silence on the radio? [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how that works.]]''
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Lola Johnson:''' ''This isn't really going to be your last show, is it? ''
-->'''Garrison Keillor:''' ''Every show is your last show. That's my philosophy. ''
-->'''Rhonda Johnson:''' ''[[SarcasmMode Thank you, Plato.]]''
* TheGrimReaper: [[MeaningfulName Asphodel]].
* MoodWhiplash: Done ''brilliantly'' when the Johnson Sisters' heartbreaking duet "Goodbye to my Mama" is followed up immediately by Dusty and Lefty singing "Bad Jokes" which is 4 1/2 minutes of pure, unadulterated comedy.
* MurderBallad
* NeverSayDie: Averted; we're told outright that, at the request of Guy Noir, [[spoiler:Asphodel caused the critic's car to plunge fatally over a cliff]] because [[YouCantFightFate it makes no difference in the end]].
* OnlySaneMan: The two stage managers, hustling around behind the scenes trying to make sure the show happens ''despite'' the talent.
* {{Pun}}: Most of the jokes in the "Bad Jokes" song.
* RealitySubtext: During the production of the film, Robert Altman's condition was fading and he announced that he had a pacemaker in his heart. For insurance purposes, BigNameFan, Creator/PaulThomasAnderson was an overseer who would step in as director if anything happened to Altman. As such, the film's themes of "death" can be seen as Altman's own reflection of his mortality.
** The fact that he died after production only adds to this.
--> ''"The death of an old man is not a tragedy."''
* TheShowMustGoOn : A theme explored in all its facets, with some of the cast members, especially Lindsay Lohan's character, thinking Keillor is a little callous when he refuses to pause when one of their own dies during production.
** The film's credits avert this, it plays over the cast singing and performing even AfterTheEnd.
* SoundToScreenAdaptation
* StrawCritic: The man in charge of closing the show.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dusty and Lefty
* ThrowItIn: When Guy Noir pops the champange bottle, the person who he accidentally hit (offscreen) was director Creator/RobertAltman.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Lyle Lovett and Music/TomWaits were originally cast as Dusty and Lefty.
** Creator/GeorgeClooney was offered the role of Guy Noir, but regretfully turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Keillor jokes in the screenplay that he actually wanted Clooney to play ''him''.
* WhileRomeBurns: The singers bravely put on one last show for the memories.
* WellDoneSonGuy: "Well done daughter woman", more like. Guy Noir helps quite a few people with these issues.
* WomanInWhite: Pops up a few times in Guy Noir.
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