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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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

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


£62,657 (UK) (16 January 2004)

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According to an interview on NPR, a number of real folksingers from the '60s, including Arlo Guthrie, wanted to be in the movie, but the producers thought that would detract from the satire value and declined. See more »


Two minutes into the movie, as Jonathan Steinbloom says he is an organized person, one of the brown packages on his desk is askew on the long shots, but straight in the close-ups. See more »


Alan Barrows: And they had no hole in the center of the record.
Mark Shubb: It would teeter crazily on the little spindle.
Jerry Palter: No, you had to provide it yourself. They were still good records. Good product.
Mark Shubb: If you punched a hole in them, you'd have a good time.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Irv's Blues
Written by Jeffery C.J. Vanston (as CJ Vanston)
Performed by Jeffery C.J. Vanston (as CJ Vanston) and Christopher Guest
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Another CG Movie to Add to My Favorites
20 April 2004 | by (Southeast, US) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I laughed and thought it was pretty good. Then I saw it again. And again. And again. I bought it and watched it even more times.

I don't think the movie is "pretty good" anymore. It's made a permanent home in my Christopher Guest collection as one of the movies I go around quoting. I own the DVD, the soundtrack and even the songbook.

All of the cast members are hilarious as usual. I love The Folksmen trio of Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest. A little reminiscent of Spinal Tap goes folk. The New Main Street Singers have such a dark side it's funny to see their on-stage presence as such chipper people. And Mitch and Mickey are the wacky split up sweethearts of yesteryear.

I love this movie and look forward to the next release of this great comedic team!

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