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A Mighty Wind (2003)

 -  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.

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

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£62,657 (UK) (16 January 2004)

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£62,657 (UK) (16 January 2004)
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Jerry Palter: [the New Main Street Singers perform 'Wandering' in the background] You swear to God you didn't talk to Menschell about the set?
Alan Barrows: Why would I talk to him about it?
Jerry Palter: You didn't tell him what we were opening with, right?
Alan Barrows: I never talked to him about it at all.
Jerry Palter: Okay,
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Jerry Palter: so you were talkin' to that Terry Bohner kid, in his blue sweater...
Mark Shubb: All I said was, 'Oh my goodness, isn't it warm?' Nothing about the set.
Jerry Palter: Well, it's gettin' warmer now...
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A Mighty Wind
Written by Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean
Performed by The Folksmen, Eugene Levy (as Mitch) & Catherine O'Hara (as Mickey) and The New Main Street Singers
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Doesn't have to be mean to be funny
11 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some felt that this was too close to reality to be considered a parody, but I thought it was beautifully done - made fun of the cloying smugness of some "folkies", but mixed it with genuine pathos. I have a feeling Eugene Levy may have lost a couple of friends to bad acid trips

  • his portrayal was hilarious, but not cruel. Christopher Guest


continues to amaze me with his light touch; most comedies put people in bad situations and make them squirm their way through; instead Guest takes apparently mediocre characters and puts them in situations that stretch their personalities.

Contains the single funniest comment I've ever heard about model trains.

Suggested double feature: This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, or Bob Roberts


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