The Movie: Robert Altman's last film adapted Garrison Keillor's famous radio show with a typically Altmanesque, all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
The Risk: With Altman in his 80s, insurers would only underwrite the film if he could be shadowed by a back-up director - specifically, Altman's disciple and Magnolia director Paul Thomas Anderson, on hand throughout in case his mentor fell ill.
Did It Pay Off?: The film was duly finished and, for many critics, proved a fitting swansong. Anderson then went off and made his best film, There Will Be Blood.