Waiting For Guffman

Synopsis: A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

wasbarefoot in the park,

which was an absolute smash,

but my production

on the stage ofbackdraft

was what really

got them excited.

This whole idea of

in-your-face theater

really affected them.

The conceptualization,

the whole abstraction,

the obtuseness

of this production to me

was what was interesting.

I wanted the audience

to feel the heat from the fire,

the fear... because people

don't like fire poked,

poked in their noses.

You know, when you get

a cinder from barbecue

right on the end

of your nose

and you kind of make

that little face.

That's not a good thing.

I wanted to have

the sense memory of that.

So during the show,

i had someone

burn newspapers

and... and send it through

the vents in the theater.

Well, they freaked out.

Of course, the fire marshal

came over,

and they shut us down

for a couple of days.

Mr. Bluestein,

montezuma's revenge

is nothing more

than good old-fashioned

american diarrhea.

Adult diapers

should never even

enter the picture.

So you lose

a few pounds.

My mom used to say

that blaine

is a little town

with a big heart

in the heart

of a big country.

And, to me, blaine

is a kind of town

where i can have

my own business,

meet and marry a wonderful

woman like sheila,

and... and be something,

be somebody.

Some people

find it ironical

that even though

we run a travel agency,

we've never been

outside of blaine.

With one exception.

Well, we've never

been out...

you left blaine.

Well, i went

to jefferson city once.

It was a...

tell them why.

It was a medical reason.

You can tell 'em.

Just minor surgery.

I've been

working here at the d.q.

For about, um...

I don't know.

Something like that.

It's fun.

You just do the cones.

Make sundaes,

make blizzards, and...

put stuff on 'em and...

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Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest's films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. more…

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