A Prairie Home Companion (2006) 720p YIFY Movie

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.

IMDB: 6.82 Likes

  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 922.40M
  • Resolution: 720x306 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 105
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 1 / 0

The Synopsis for A Prairie Home Companion (2006) 720p

A final live variety show broadcast via radio becomes a metaphor for the natural order of life. A concept and script by Garrison Keilor uses every natural and technical element of working with a tight and close ensemble producing a weekly show to sooth us and guide us through the natural but difficult transitions of aging, becoming less relevant and then dying as new, young life develops and strengthens during our final "performances." This is a rare film for it's remarkable cast and crew and one wonders how the great Robert Altman was able to gather them all at the same place and time to shoot this film.

The Director and Players for A Prairie Home Companion (2006) 720p

[Director]Robert Altman
[Role:]Woody Harrelson
[Role:]Meryl Streep
[Role:]Lily Tomlin

The Reviews for A Prairie Home Companion (2006) 720p

Lake Wobigon DazeReviewed bybritishdominionVote: 7/10

A gentle piffle, "A Prairie Home Companion" is the Summer's most lovely find - a movie that is easy on the ears and seemingly made of sheary, impossible gossamer that would spindle or crush under a more heavy-handed production.

The impressive cast seems to be having a whole lot of fun - Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, LQ Jones et al all have perfunctory if labored singing voices, but it is scripter Garrison Keillor that is the thread that stitches this one together so well. The result is an infectious, genial collection of characters and occasions whose easy charms stay with the viewer days after the film finally unspools its last credit.

Although I have never heard a PHC performance before, the film plays as a tribute to the old days of radio shows and more over, a loving though chilly valentine to the radio days of old. Anyone old enough though not near an NPR station might not know the show but most certainly can hum the tune.

Keillor, he with an alien-like E.T. observation of the goings-on at the final performance of his 30+ year-old live radio show, has a wonderful announcer voice and an above average singing voice that anchors the honest, down home corn-pone credibility of the film. He is a cypher through the picture - a guy you could listen to for hours chat about his exploits, introduce faux commercials and sing a song about nothing in particular. GK has such an ethereal presence that you look at him with such amazement because a "regular" joe like he earns such a shorthand with his audience and can stand toe to toe with aplomb next to Oscar winners like Kline and Streep. It's a great, understated performance.

The movie, directed by the legendary Robert Altman, has such a light touch that it's hard to not fall easily into it's flow. It's dreamy, slight and surreal, yet sets up its universe that is vaguely of today - but what world still has an actual radio show broadcast across the nation so detailed and entertaining as this? Altman and Keillor do the amazing - they deny the audience of any cheap emotion and pathos or short cuts to pay off the scenario. As much as this movie is about the wistful honor and simple entertainment of such a radio programs that used to rule the airwaves in the 1930s through the 1950s, both writer and director refuse to pander to suspected emotional payoffs or happy endings that lesser film creators might. This is a cold, simple and honest movie about the last kick at the can of a venerable institution, and as they choreograph it: so what? Every show, as Keillor says in the film, is the last show. Big deal.

Despite it's frigid demeanor, "A Prairie Home Companion" is filled with warm, quiet moments that offers each cast member has a shining, sterling moment of performance - though none takes centre stage and overpowers or overacts. If anyone goes swinging for the balconies, its Altman regular Tomlin, who creates such a wonderful counterbalance to Streep's simple, honest Minnesotan singing sister partner that she stands as the picture's meta heart - a desperate, hardened yet proud woman backed into a career corner who doesn't know what to do after her regular job is prematurely retired by big radio business. Tomlin deserves an Oscar.

For a film that is steeped in a sentimentality that no longer exists, Altman keeps his sharpened artist eye wandering the set for the most interesting player in the room instead of mourning the sad gone before. There's no release in the movie, no eulogy for the past. "A Prairie Home Companion" is a straight-forward document of what was, not what could have been or what will be.

The director's brilliance is that his lens cares about what technical and bits of business that come to affect in the making of the final show which really tell the story - of a group of people who spend their Saturday nights singing songs, telling stories and transmitting their folksy well-wishes to an imaginary audience listening in on their bedside table radio. In the movie, Altman and Keillor let their staged audience seated in the cavernous Fitzgerald Theater in Minneapolis or those sitting in shoebox movie theater in Anywhere, USA fill in the relevance.

One of the best movies of the year.

Poorly-written, meandering, boring movieReviewed byjake400Vote: 1/10

Garrison Keillor has wildly overestimated his talent as a writer. I'm a HUGE fan of the APHC radio show, but this is a poorly-written, meandering, boring movie that seems to be created solely so that GK can rub elbows with Hollywood royalty. I'm a closet News from Lake Wobegon fan (I have listened to all of them) and most of the dialogue and jokes were lifted from old "News from Lake Wobegon" segments. Maybe that's okay & maybe that's what you're after, but I was looking to be entertained and during this movie it simply did not happen.

It had no story (a show being cancelled is not a story) and a weak, meaningless ending. The characters, while interesting, bear NO resemblance to the ones described on so many precious APHC broadcasts. These characters seem awash in a sea of bad dialogue as they search in vain for a story.

And the posters who talk about how if I don't like this movie, I must "not be intelligent enough to understand it" are just flat wrong. I am intelligent, I love the radio show, and I can't figure out why anyone would like this movie.

I could go on and on, but suffice to say, avoid this film.

SadReviewed byA. Robert LauerVote: 1/10

This is a very sad movie. It is also Robert Altman's worst, which makes it sadder. A Prairie Home Companion is a wonderful radio show. At times I have thought that it would be a great program to export abroad, especially to those nations that do not like the US right now, to show another side to this nation, a more quiet, sedate, tranquil side, at times ironical, at times bordering on the tragic, and always resilient, as in the end of so many episodes of Lake Wobegon, "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and children are above-average." In effect, the only real challenge for this film would have been to visualize what a radio program can only do orally: in this case, the lengthy Lake Wobegone narratives which usually put closure to A Prairie Home Companion. It would have been so easy. All one needed to do was to focus on Garrison Keillor's face and engage in extreme close-ups, especially of his lips and eyes. The Lake Wobegon material, however, was precisely what was absent from this movie. Instead, one got multiple vignettes, the only thing Altman has ever managed to do in any of his films to date, wherein famous actors do their usual cameo roles, and badly in this case, except for Lily Tomlin, who was magnificent in a serious role. This is a very sad movie about a great radio show. For Altman, of course, it's simply business as usual.

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