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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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Comedy | Music

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

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Untitled Christopher Guest Project  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$17,508,936, 27 July 2003
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In an early-'90s, and again in late 90's/ early 2000's, Spinal Tap tour, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest opened for themselves as The Folksmen and were booed during the first act, as people did not know or cared that the two bands had the same musicians. See more »

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When Terry and Laurie Bohner are telling the story of how they met, Laurie's arm is alternately around Terry's shoulders/by her side between shots. See more »

Quotes

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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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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Fare Away
Written by C.J. Vanston (as CJ Vanston), Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole
Performed by The New Main Street Singers
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"I would love to see this town in the autumn..."
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing how well executed this movie is. It seems realisic and yet so..."movie!" Christopher Guest (who did a fine "guest" on Saturday Night Live in a game show skit..."Chocolate Babies?") did some great work on this and all of the characters are classic. Eugene Levy may be the best in this. His performance of Mitch, or rather the shell of what Mitch once was is hilarious. The best scene is, in my opinion, the scene in which Mickey's wife shows Mitch his model trains and model town. Levy's comments about seeing the town in the autumn ("I would have made tiny leaves...") are the funniest lines in the film. The Folksmen show off funny interaction scenes (yep, those are the guys from Spinal Tap) and The New Mainstreet Singers are definitely the commercial b*st*rds of this film. W.I.N.C.-a religion based on color. That's classic. I would recommend getting the DVD for the great deleted scenes, including a press conference in which Mitch talks about Canadian hip-hop, where kids rap about cleanliness.

I love this film. Despite it's rating, a great family movie. The sexual references are minor. There's just two scenes. One: A brief talk about a sex emporium and Two: References to starring in dirty movies. Get past these and mom, dad and the kids can have a good time. Just punch a hole in the record first.


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