A Mighty Wind (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  9 May 2003 (USA)
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Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.


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Ramblin' Sandy Pitnik (as Marty Belasky)
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Todd Lieberman ...
Matthew Joy ...
Brian Riley ...
Young George Menschell


When folk icon Irving Steinbloom passed away, he left behind a legacy of music and a family of performers he has shepherded to folk stardom. To celebrate a life spent submerged in folk, Irving's loving son Jonathan has decided to put together a memorial concert featuring some of Steinbloom's best-loved musicians. There's Mitch and Mickey, who were the epitome of young love until their partnership was torn apart by heartbreak; classic troubadours The Folksmen, whose records were endlessly entertaining for anyone able to punch a hole in the center to play them; and The New Main Street Singers, the most meticulously color-coordinated neuftet ever to hit an amusement park. Now for one night only in New York City's Town Hall, these three groups will reunite and gather together to celebrate the music that almost made them famous. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Back together for the first time, again.


Comedy | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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9 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Untitled Christopher Guest Project  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,112,140 (USA) (18 April 2003)


£62,657 (UK) (16 January 2004)

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The Folksmen was originally a sketch performed on Saturday Night Live (1975) during the 1984-85 season, when Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer were cast members and Michael McKean was the host. See more »


Pen on top of Lars Olfen's legal pad changes position between shots. See more »


Mark Shubb: To do then now would be retro. To do then then was very now-tro, if you will.
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At the end of the film, before the traditional scrolling credits, the screen is filled with all the main actors' names. One at a time, each star's name is highlighted, in alphabetical order. The scrolling credits are in order of appearance. See more »


References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »


The Catheter Song
Written by Catherine O'Hara
Performed by Catherine O'Hara (as Mickey Crabbe)
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Blew me away!
9 May 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

An excellent entertainment, though very different from this ensemble's other pseudo-documentary efforts (Spinal Tap, Best in Show).

Incredibly creative. I'm a fan of folk music and this film really nails the eclectic backgrounds of folk musicians, right down to the distinctive vocalizations, multi-line harmonies and excessive enthusiasm. I was so impressed that all the parodied songs were written and performed (well) by the actors and I now covet the sound track. Get ready for a lot of subtle humor and story lines and enjoy the send-up.

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