By Tanner Stransky
Updated October 10, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
A Prairie Home Companion: Melinda Sue Gordon

Director Robert Altman and a tour-de-force cast elevate A Prairie Home Companion‘s dreamy elegy about an antiquated radio variety show into a twangy, rewind-worthy lullaby.

EXTRAS Liking improv on set, Altman claims in a commentary he never read A Prairie Home Companion creator-star Garrison Keillor’s script. Fun links to the show’s old-fashioned ads (”Don’t oversweeten: A message from the Rhubarb Producers of Minnesota”). And a few bars of ”Goodbye to My Mama” will have you in tears and on the phone with your own mother.

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