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A Mighty Wind (2003)

Cast: Bob Balaban, Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, more...
Director: Christopher Guest, Christopher Guest
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Mockumentary, Mockumentaries
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
The writing and directing team who created Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show turn their satiric eye toward the world of folk music in this sly mockumentary. Irving Steinbloom was one of the great behind-the-scenes figures of the folk music boom of the late '50s and early '60s, and helped to nurture the careers of three of the best known acts of the era. The Folksmen -- Mark Shubb (Harry Shearer), Alan Barrows (Christopher Guest), and Jerry Palter (Michael McKean) -- were an earnest folk trio who sang of America's noble past and the challenges of the future; they split up in the early '70s after a failed attempt to go electric. Mitch & Mickey were a duo in both music and life, comprised of Mitch Cohen (Eugene Levy) and Mickey Devlin (Catherine O'Hara). They sang soulful songs of love until the collapse of their relationship sent Mitch into a deep and incapacitating depression. And The Main Street Singers were a nine-piece vocal group -- a "neuftet," as they prefer it -- who offered energetic good-time music, cranking out nearly 30 albums in the course of a decade; their current incarnation, The New Main Street Singers (played by Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, David Alan Blasucci, Steve Pandis, Christopher Moynihan, Paul Dooley and Patrick Sauber) is still on the road. When it is announced that the legendary Irving Steinbloom has died (the character never appears in the film), his son Jonathan (Bob Balaban) decides that the best way to memorialize his father is through music, and with the help of Mike LaFontaine (Fred Willard) of Hi-Class Management, they set out to bring The Folksmen, Mitch & Mickey, and The New Main Street Singers back together for a special concert at New York's Town Hall. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer -- who previously teamed up for This Is Spinal Tap -- not only perform together as The Folksmen in A Mighty Wind, but composed most of the songs performed onscreen. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Feature-length audio commentary by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
  • Additional Scenes
  • Live TV broadcast of the concert: The Climactic Benefit Show in its entirety
  • "Vintage" TV appearances of the bands
  • Band biographies



You might also enjoy:
Waiting for Guffman
Christopher Guest's first is still uproariously funny

This is Spinal Tap
This is... the best music mockumentary ever

The Rutles
The Beatles, served up on a skewer...


GreenCine Member Reviews

It's scary but it's true... by NMcClure December 6, 2005 - 11:03 AM PST
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0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
...so do what the Good Book, do what the Good Book, do what the Good Book tells you to!

Another gem from CG! The charactatures were spot on, and the dialogue and lyrics were brilliant.


A Mighty Wind blows good by manfarang October 20, 2003 - 12:42 PM PDT
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1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
A Mighty Wind is the latest and, in my opinion, best of the film trilogy written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy - a more mature and thoughtful (yet still hilarious) follow-up to Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. In the first two films we laughed at the characters; in Wind we actually wind up caring about some of these people. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as divorced folk duo "Mitch and Mickey" are by far the true standouts in this wonderful comedy, and Bob Balaban's neurotic Jonathan Steinbloom may have earned the year's award for "Outstanding Film Character Who Deserves To Have The Living S**t Smacked Out of Him." Ed Begley Jr.'s Yiddish-spouting Lars Olfen is terrific, and Jennifer Coolidge is downright bizarre. Fred Willard is - as always - Fred Willard. And Christopher Guest's talent for musical parody is put to its best use yet. Some fans of the first two films may be disappointed that the humor in this film isn't as biting, but virtually every line in Wind brings at least a smile or a chuckle.

The DVD is loaded with extra features, including cut scenes, scenes from the TV appearances of Mitch and Mickey and The Folksmen, and the complete public broadcasting reunion concert. As with Guffman and Best in Show, the commentary track with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy is definitely worth a listen.

Christopher Guest's most well-rounded effort yet by gisellebill October 11, 2003 - 8:43 AM PDT
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I can't confess to know much (anything?) about folk music, but having been a fan of Spinal Tap and Best in Show I was really looking forward to A Mighty Wind. We knew the guys from the original Spinal Tap had some chops, but they're really great here. It is almost like an alternate universe "This is Spinal Tap" where instead of becoming "Spinal Tap," the Thamesmen had grown up in the U.S. and went from singing about the rainbow people and went into folk music... and that's this movie. Can't wait to see what this crew comes up with next!




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