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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2016
UPC: 0888574373870
Original Release: 2003
Source: Warner Archives
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 32,911

Special Features

Feature-length Audio Commentary by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Nearly a half-hour of additional scenes including The Good Book Song: The Catheter Song, Folksmen Interview, The Bohners meet their fans; Live TV Broadcast of the concert: The Climactic Benefit Show in its entirety "Vintage" TV appearances of the bands; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Balaban Jonathan Steinbloom,Actor
Christopher Guest Mark Shubb,Actor
Eugene Levy Mitch,Mitch Cohen,Actor
John Michael Higgins Terry Bohner,Actor
Jane Lynch Laurie Bohner
Catherine O'Hara Mickey,Mickey Devlin Crabbe,Actor
Harry Shearer Alan Barrows,Mark Shubb
Michael McKean Jerry Palter
Parker Posey Sissy Knox
Fred Willard Mike LaFontaine
Ed Begley Actor
Jennifer Coolidge Actor
Paul Dooley Actor
Michael Hitchcock Lawrence Turpin
Don Lake Actor
Larry Miller Actor
Deborah Theaker Actor
David Blasucci Tony Pollono
Laura Harris Miss Klapper
Linda Kash Actor
William S. Nunziata Actor
Jim Piddock Actor,Leonard Crabbe
Freda Foh Shen Melinda Barrows

Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Richard Hicks Casting
John Michael Higgins Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Leighton Editor
Eugene Levy Score Composer,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Michael McKean Score Composer,Songwriter
Karen Murphy Producer
Arlene Donnelly Nelson Cinematographer
Catherine O'Hara Score Composer,Songwriter
Annette O'Toole Score Composer,Songwriter
Scott Andrew Robertson Asst. Director
Dena Roth Set Decoration/Design
Harry Shearer Score Composer,Songwriter
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
C.J. Vanston Score Composer,Songwriter
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer
Durinda Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

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A Mighty Wind 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This funny movie was in the classic ''Best In Show/Guffman'' mockumentary style but without the overabundance of improvisational fun. There are certainly some good laughs but it wasn't quite the same. I'd buy it and I'm going to see the live show in a few weeks so I'm curious as to what they would do with it live....good fun though-true Guest fans will appreciate the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I went to see A Mighty Wind, I was really skeptical, but once it started, the whole audience was nearly in tears with laughter. One of the best movies I've seen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child of the 60's, I find the CD from A Mighty Wind as one of the best in my collection. Every song is a stand-alone winner: great lyrics, superb singing, and haunting melodies. I even bought the song book available for this amusing film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having become a folk singer during the sixties and opened a coffeehouse on my small college's campus, I absolutely recognize where Guest is coming from with this movie. I feel as if I know exactly which groups are represented, "Mike and Mickey" being one of my earliest influences. I'm glad to have sufficient years of perspective on that scene to be able to stand back now and laugh at the portrayals. What a great parody, partly because it was so kind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked best in show you'll love A Mighty Wind. Most of the same cast is back. Highly Recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is clever at a level that some people just won't get. But if you enjoy good writing and sharp, dry humor this script is an oasis of good stuff. If all you enjoy is sight gags and obvious humor, you might not enjoy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a huge waste of my money and time. I went to see it with an open mind and found myself asleep from boredom halfway through. Not only was it boring and unfunny, but it was grueling to sit through because the plot went so slow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of C. Guest, Spinal Tap, etc. I was curious about Mighty Wind. The Folksman had done a few appearances on SNL and wondered if this theme could carry a movie. It's certainly funnier than most stuff out there but does not live up to Guffman or Best in Show. Hope Guest and the crew keep at it as there are plenty of more suitable areas to spoof.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We, as musicians, thought this was the best since 'Spinal Tap'. Liked it a little better than 'Best In Show', which was great, and much more than Guffman. Great mock-umentary, which also has a bit of a soft side...and they can all really play, too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I loved Best in Show, which I found hilarious, this one just isn't funny. The character development isn't nearly as good as Best in Show, and the quirky character types from Best in Show just aren't there. The dialog is dull and the characters are even duller. I was really disappointed in this one.
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