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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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,508,936, 27 July 2003
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Castle Rock Entertainment See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The early sequence in which the Folksmen rehearse for their reunion concert at a farm in upstate New York was inspired by the documentary The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (1981), in which the real-life folk-music group The Weavers were shown preparing for a reunion concert at the upstate New York farm owned by one of their members, Lee Hays. See more »

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Pen on top of Lars Olfen's legal pad changes position between shots. See more »

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Mitch Cohen: [while eating dinner] What is it you do, Leonard? For work?
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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 »

Connections

Follows Best in Show (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Skeletons Of Quinto
Written by Christopher Guest
Performed by The Folksmen
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Blowin' in the wind
17 April 2003 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Christopher Guest is a generous actor/director in that he doesn't hog the camera for himself. He lets his actors do their thing without much interfering; he fades into the background, practically.

This pseudo-documentary about the folk music craze of the late 50s and early 60s in this country is accurate. It is a hilarious take on those performers that were part of the era. Mr. Guest has a great insight in presenting the different characters and brings them together with an accurate eye for detail.

Eugene Levy and Catherine OHara are teamed up again as Mitch and Mickey, a famous duo from those days who were the biggest act in folk music of the time. Eugene Levy appears to be catatonic as Mitch, who agrees to take part in the Town Hall ceremony honoring his mentor. Catherine O'Hara is excellent in her part as Mickey, the loyal partner.

The documentary form seems to work well, as it serves the point for the reunion of all these performers coming together one more time, even though the world has forgotten them.

There are disappointments in that no one has a central role, but the misuse of Parker Posey in the film is regrettable. I guess there was no space to showcase any actor over another.

Mr. Guest keeps getting better with every new film and it seems a very great idea to concentrate on this very talented cast for future occasions where they can all interact, as it has been the case, in the previous occasions.


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