DVD 91 mins IMDB 7.3 (7,475 votes)
PG-13
A Mighty Wind
Warner Brothers (2003)
In Collection
#68

My Rating:
7

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Yes
(2004 )
Comedy, Music
USA  /  English

Jim Moret Newscaster
Stuart Luce Irving Steinbloom
Mary Gross Ma Klapper
Marty Belafsky Ramblin' Sandy Pitnik
Michael Baser Pa Klapper
Jared Nelson Smith Young Chuck Wiseman
Ryan Raddatz Bill Weyburn
Todd Lieberman Fred Knox
Matthew Joy Boy Klapper
Laura Harris Girl Klapper
Bob Balaban Jonathan Steinbloom
Christopher Guest Alan Barrows
Catherine O'Hara Mickey Devlin Crabbe
Eugene Levy Mitch Cohen
Michael McKean Jerry Palter
Jane Lynch Laurie Bohner
John Michael Higgins Terry Bohner
Parker Posey Sissy Knox
Harry Shearer Mark Shubb
Fred Willard Mike LaFontaine
Brian Riley Young George Menschell

Director Christopher Guest
Producer Karen Murphy
Writer Christopher Guest; Eugene Levy
Cinematography Arlene Donnelly Nelson
Musician Christopher Guest; John Michael Higgins; Eugene Levy; Michael McKean; Catherine O'Hara; Annette O'Toole; Harry Shearer; Jeffrey C.J. Vanston
User Credit 1 Robert Leighton
User Credit 2 Durinda Wood

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 Lynch, David Alan Blasucci, Steve Pandis, Christopher Moynihan, Paul Dooley and Patrick Sauber) is still on the road. When it is announced that Irving Steinbloom has died, 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

Edition Details
Barcode 085392771820
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 9/23/2003
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sex-related humor.
User Text 2 Back together for the first time, again.
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Notes
Trivia: Real-life folk musician Robyn Rosenkrantz (of the popular duo Bright Blue Gorilla) appears as an uncredited extra (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When the New Main Street Singers are performing at the reunion concert, the only original member is playing with one foot on the ground and one on the rail of his stool. The foot on the ground and on the rail alternate between shots. (more)

Quotes:
Alan Barrows: I always thought it was "hey nonny no, nanny ninny no" and I'm getting kind of confused with all the nannies and the ninnies.
Jerry Palter: There's no nanny, just take that out of the equation. It's "hey nonny no, nonny ninny o".
Mark Shubb: Iron clad rule, Alan. Nonny before ninny.
Alan Barrows: Well, I don't sing this one anyway.
Jerry Palter: No, so it's kind of academic.
(more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 8 nominations (more)