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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2010)

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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 »


Kenneth Bowser


Kenneth Bowser





Credited cast:
Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive footage)
Erik Andersen Erik Andersen ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Baez ... Friend / Musician / Activist
Jello Biafra ... Friend / Musician
Billy Bragg ... Musician / Activist
Lola Cohen Lola Cohen ... Friend / Activist
François De Menil François De Menil ... Filmmaker
Bob Dylan ... Friend / Musician
Harald Edelstam Harald Edelstam ... Swedish Ambassador Chile (archive footage)
Deni Frand Deni Frand ... Friend / Political Organizer
Jim Glover Jim Glover ... Friend / Musician
Arthur Gorson ... Friend / Manager
Tom Hayden ... Friend / Political Activist
Judy Henske ... Friend / Musician
Christopher Hitchens ... Journalist / Author


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

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Release Date:

5 January 2011 (USA) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,211, 9 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$259,362, 31 July 2011
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S2BN Entertainment See more »
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Did You Know?


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


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words & music by Phil Ochs
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Great film about a forgotten genius
5 April 2011 | by nealrob17See all my reviews

I have missed hearing Phil Ochs for a long, long time. This brought back some of those amazingly political times in which he was so instrumental. No one seemed to have the complete dedication and full on driven voice for us since. He always was there when needed and he always had an intelligent and beautiful voice to say so. He fought for the disenfranchised, the downtrodden, those victimized by the government, both in the U.S. and abroad. This movie captures his unfailing work for those wonderful ideas and people he embraced. The only thing that could have improved this movie was to make it longer and with more of Phil's performances. In the end, it is a tragedy due to his bi-polarity, but thank heaven he was here for some time anyway.

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