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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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Christopher Guest
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Moret ... Newscaster
Stuart Luce Stuart Luce ... Irving Steinbloom
Mary Gross ... Ma Klapper
Marty Belafsky ... Ramblin' Sandy Pitnik (as Marty Belasky)
Michael S. Baser Michael S. Baser ... Pa Klapper (as Michael Baser)
Jared Nelson Smith Jared Nelson Smith ... Young Chuck Wiseman
Ryan Raddatz ... Bill Weyburn
Todd Lieberman Todd Lieberman ... Fred Knox
Matthew Joy Matthew Joy ... Boy Klapper
Laura Harris ... Girl Klapper
Brian Riley Brian Riley ... Young George Menschell
Harry Shearer ... Mark Shubb
Michael McKean ... Jerry Palter
Christopher Guest ... Alan Barrows
Eugene Levy ... Mitch Cohen
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Christopher Guest Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,112,140, 20 April 2003

Gross USA:

$17,781,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,750,246
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mickey's new husband is a model train enthusiast with only one train. This is because when the filmmakers went to the home which supposedly contained an impressive train setup, all of the trains themselves were broken or otherwise unusable. The engine seen moving in the movie is being pulled by dental floss through "Crabbe Town". See more »

Goofs

After Mitch and Mickey are introduced during the concert, there is an overhead distant shot of the stage. Mitch can be seen nodding to the guitarist to his left, and the two begin strumming - but no music is heard. Mickey also begins playing and her lips don't move, but she is heard thanking the audience. It then cuts to a two-shot, and nobody is playing while Mickey continues talking to the audience. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Crabbe: It does not seem like yesterday that Mitch and I met and started making music together. I don't know if any of you would know or even remember that Mitch and I met in the hospital. Mitch was there with his jaw wired shut after defending the honor of a girl he didn't even know. Me. And I of course was there to visit, I felt really bad. And the only way that Mitch could communicate with me was on paper. Every word of it poetry. And if you don't mind, MItch, I have the very first poem that you ...
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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 »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Mockumentaries (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Just That Kinda Day
Written by Christopher Guest and Michael McKean
Performed by The New Main Street Singers
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Blew me away!
9 May 2004 | by sdittman@wlu.eduSee 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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