7.6/10
321
12 user 31 critic

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2010)

Trailer
2:09 | Trailer
From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. In this ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself (archive footage)
Erik Andersen ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Friend / Musician / Activist
Jello Biafra ...
Friend / Musician
...
Musician / Activist
Lola Cohen ...
Friend / Activist
François De Menil ...
Filmmaker
...
Friend / Musician
Harald Edelstam ...
Swedish Ambassador Chile (archive footage)
Deni Frand ...
Friend / Political Organizer
Jim Glover ...
Friend / Musician
...
Friend / Manager
Tom Hayden ...
Friend / Political Activist
...
Friend / Musician
...
Journalist / Author
Edit

Storyline

From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. In this biographical documentary, veteran director Kenneth Bowser shows how Phil's music and his fascinating life story and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, Phil followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Not one to pull punches, Ochs never achieved the commercial success he desperately desired. But his music remains relevant, reaching new audiences in a generation that finds his themes all too familiar. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 January 2011 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,211 (USA) (7 January 2011)

Gross:

$259,362 (USA) (29 July 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The footage of Phil Ochs singing on TV with John Byner is from the musical series Byner hosted called Something Else (1970). See more »

Soundtracks

Blowin' in the Wind
Written by Bob Dylan (as Robert "Bob" Dylan)
Performed by Phil Ochs
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Myopic Somewhat, But Still Important
8 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some fascinating archival footage of the late, great Phil Ochs is presented here and it is just stunning. As part of the folksinger movement in the 60's, his only rival was Dylan, though Ochs was far more political. It is a bit myopic in that it mostly focuses on that. That is fine, but I would have liked to see commentary from fellow singers Eric Andersen and Tom Paxton, both of whom either recorded Phil's songs or wrote a song for him (Paxton's "Phil" is amazing). Not having them is a minor thing, though, and you do hear from his brother and sister, his ex-wife and daughter, as well as other people he knew (nearly all are listed as "friend" first in their description). If you do not know Phil's music, buy any compilation Elektra and A & M put out, as well as "In Concert" and "Pleasures Of The Harbour". I'm happy to see a documentary on Phil finally being done. Not perfect, but more than recommended.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I see this movie? IzzyTree
Full list of interviewees? libelle47
Best documentary nomination for 2011 ? Villamondo
Discuss Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?