Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio with the Red Shoes

DVD Release: July 7, 2009
Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio with the Red Shoes


This film offers a rare, intimate look at the American legend behind Lake Wobegon. America’s foremost humorist and commentator, Garrison Keillor takes his skits and jokes, music and monologues across the country in his traveling radio show, spinning his stories into American gold. More than one year of filming has resulted in this free form, intimate look at the private man in the public spotlight, as it goes behind the scenes of America’s most popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and inside the imagination of the man who created it. Keillor singlehandedly revived the art of live radio for generations of fans by creating an onstage world that deeply resonated with his audiences. In the best tradition of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, he mixes storytelling and humor to give us a lighthearted, but deeply felt reflection of ourselves.

Dove Review

“Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio with the Red Shoes” is a fascinating look at the man, the writer and the legend behind “A Prairie Home Companion” and Lake Wobegon. This wonderful documentary shows Garrison creating his radio program and hanging out at a rhubarb farm in Minnesota, while trying out some rhubarb pie. He also visits New York City and says how much he enjoys the big city, too. Along the way, his gospel and country songs, mixed in with his homespun storytelling, entertain the local folk. He has gospel singer Jearlyn Steele join him on stage, and she belts out a powerful song.

Garrison speaks of his desire to be a writer ever since he was a boy, and how he would stay inside the house and read and write. He also speaks of his other love and introduces his daughter, the joy of his life. The viewer will definitely understand what makes this man tick after watching this fascinating documentary about a small town boy who becomes a big time success. Garrison attends the premiere of the movie version of “A Prairie Home Companion” and shares his wisdom that ordinary living is “good enough.” We are pleased as punch to award this film our Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages, although it is not intended for very young children. This is a feel-good film that will take you away to Lake Wobegon.

Content Description

Sex: A quick comment about someone once going to see a prostitute.
Language: The initials "BS" are used, not the word.
Violence: Garrison writes about someone having a pistol and spouting gibberish.
Drugs: A comment about a bus driver who used to drink; wine at a meal; a song about someone formerly drinking and smoking but praying now; a "Bar/Drink" sign; man says his life could have gone in a different direction, and he might have wound up an alcoholic, drinking gin and tonic; a joke about a fish that could smell whiskey.
Nudity: Woman in shorts; mild cleavage; a joke about naked men and women dancing.
Other: A humorous story about God making Lanesboro, Minnesota, on the eighth day of creation; man talks about how he caught his toddler's feces with the diaper as she went running off; a funny story includes a comment about a fish and a dog and how it ended up being a double suicide.


Company: Cinedigm
Director: Peter Rosen
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter