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on 30 January 2014
Robert Altman bowed out with one of his finest films.
Wonderful script, and Garrison Keillor leading a superb cast.
Reminder of the good old days of radio!
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on 26 September 2009
Meryl Streep's voice a revelation, Kevin Kline gives a superb performance, the singing cowboys great fun, Tommy Lee Jones a nasty, "nasty" beautifully edited.
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on 12 January 2012
Purchased as a Christmas present for my niece who thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to borrow it and confirm her opinion.
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on 11 January 2016
Definitely a serendipitous, most enjoyable find , the bonuses are as enjoyable to watch as the film - perfect !
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on 13 January 2016
This is a lovely film with a really talented cast. It's fabulous - a funny 'old fashioned' movie.
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It would be difficult for this film to go wrong, being produced by Robert Altman (his last film), starring Woody Harrelson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin etc, and being based on Garrison Keillor's internationally successful radio show. However, it doesn't live up to expectations and although its amusing, its somehow not quite amusing enough and has enough annoyances in to ultimately disappoint this viewer at least.

Perhaps my problem is that I'm a great fan of the radio show, which is actually far better than the show depicted in this film. The radio show has really good music in it from a wide range of excellent performers, whereas this one has just some corny old stuff, including two singing cowboys who's cringe-worthiness is only equalled by the two singing sisters (Streep and Tomlin). OK, so its supposed to make you cringe, but it could have done it in a more entertaining way than this.

Lily Tomlin does not convince as one half of the female duo. While Streep plays the down-home country-girl to perfection, Tomlin somehow comes across as too sassy for this role, a little too New York rather than Idaho, and her character just doesn't work when singing old-timey gospel songs extolling how much the girls miss their momma. Even Garrison Keillor seems semi-detached and not really trying all that hard. Perhaps he was too at ease with the part to be able to give it a new edge.

The film employs the plot-device of a glamorous "angel" who turns up from time to time to herald the death of one or two of the elderly characters (one of which is the show itself). This enigmatic female in a white trench-coat is un-necessary to the plot and is just a bit too annoying for my taste, as she wanders around the set looking othe-worldly and out of place.

I came to this film with great expectations, but it failed to live up to them. I feel very sorry about this as it had great potential and should have been so much better.
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on 28 June 2015
I really loved this movie - top knotch.Quirky,moving and funny as heck.
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on 9 August 2015
A good musical film with some good performances from all the cast
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on 19 February 2015
Wonderful film that many people don't get or like. Like Marmite
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on 29 October 2016
Great movie and a terrific double disc set at a good price.
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