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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Newscaster
Stuart Luce ... Irving Steinbloom
... Ma Klapper
... Ramblin' Sandy Pitnik (as Marty Belasky)
Michael Baser ... Pa Klapper
Jared Nelson Smith ... Young Chuck Wiseman
... Bill Weyburn
Todd Lieberman ... Fred Knox
Matthew Joy ... Boy Klapper
... Girl Klapper
Brian Riley ... Young George Menschell
... Mark Shubb
... Jerry Palter
... Alan Barrows
... Mitch Cohen
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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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9 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,112,140, 20 April 2003, Limited Release

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$17,508,936, 27 July 2003
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In addition to the four film cameras used to film the concert, a few TV cameras were used. They filmed the entire concert as it would have appeared on television. See more »

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When the New Main Street Singers are playing at the reunion concert, members of the band move around between shots. See more »

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Jonathan Steinbloom: [referring to his mother] You could say she was overly protective - I just like to think she cared about me, which she did, a lot. And I was a member of the chess team and whenever we would have chess tournaments I had to wear a protective helmet, I had to wear a football helmet. Now who knows what she was thinking? Maybe she thought that we might have fallen maybe and impaled our heads on a pointy bishop or something, I don't know.
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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 »


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Old Joe's Place
Written by Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean
Performed by The Folksmen
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Guest and Levy orchestrate a nice tribute to the 1960s folk groups.
11 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

We have a duo, a trio, and a group of 9. These three fictitious 'folk' groups from the 60s reunite for a concert in this mockumentary. What makes it so interesting is (1) I was a young adult in the 60s and vividly remember the folk group wave and (2) Guest, Levy and the others do their own singing and playing of songs they wrote for the movie. I think its IMDb ratings which cluster around 7 and 8 are about right. Not everyone will like 'A Mighty Wind' (song from final concert), it has improvised humor and many of the same actors from 'Best in Show'. But for fans of the humor of Guest and Levy it is a very nice little movie. The DVD has interesting extras, and the commentary track by Guest and Levy discuss how, for example, Levy had to take lessons to get is guitar skills back, and how O'Hara learned to play the autoharp for this role.

The movie is 92 minutes long, which includes the 7 minutes of end credits. Of the 85 minutes of actual movie, the first 60 sets up the characters and groups, shows them in rehearsals, covers several back stories, then the final 25 minutes are the concert itself, actually performed before a live audience. There were a few truly outstanding folk groups in the 1960s, but there also were a whole bunch of mediocre ones. The three groups featured in this movie are as good as many of the 1960s groups that actually made a living entertaining. And, as at least one critic said, that's part of the problem with 'A Mighty Wind' - the groups are good enough, and the final concert is real enough, that much of the impact of the humor went away during the last act. The lampooning was gone, replaced by a legitimate set of performances.

Still, I found it thoroughly enjoyable, and my favorite of the 'Guest/Levy' movies.


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