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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:
* 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.
* 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
* 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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