A Mighty Wind


1h 27m 2003

Brief Synopsis

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-lo

Film Details

Also Known As
Mighty Wind
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Music
Musical
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

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.

Crew

Daril Alder

Swing Gang

Kit Alderson

Instructor

George L Andrews

Driver

Chris Angelich

Stock Footage

Simona Aranda

Accounting Assistant

Rudy Arrieta

Grip

Robert Baeza

Driver

Michelle Baker

Location Scout

Ted Barela

Music Engineer

David Barker

Video

Rachel Beers

Swing Gang

Mike Berdrow

Driver

Kathryn Bihr

Makeup Artist

Bob Bissonnette

Greensman

Matt Blades

Key Grip

Donna Bloom

Line Producer

Donna Bloom

Unit Production Manager

Anna Bolek

Visual Effects

Fernand Bos

Music Editor

Joan G. Bostwick

Assistant Director

Charlie Bouis

Music Engineer

Judy Brown

Instructor

Scott Buckwald

Property Master

Randy Bushnell

Props

Ian Calip

Set Production Assistant

Barbara D Calloway

Accountant

Brien Campbell

Props

Lucinda Campbell

Costume Supervisor

Rudolph Camphausen

Driver

Glenn M. Carrere

Swing Gang

Ian Charbonneau

Music Engineer

Ed Cherney

Music Engineer

Ed Cherney

Music Scoring Mixer

David T Chong

Driver

David W Clark

Assistant Property Master

Chris Coakley

Painter

Laurel Cobble

Dga Trainee

Jack Coffen

Chief Lighting Technician

David Cole

Music Engineer

Lawrence L. Commans

Boom Operator

Edward Coonan

Driver

Judi Cooper-sealy

Hair

Robert Covelman

Property Master

Mickey Crabbe

Song Performer

Ara Darakjian

Swing Gang

Rick Davis

Key Grip

Stephen Lee Davis

Assistant Director

James Dean

Swing Gang

Frank Decurtis

Assistant Property Master

Robert M Deluca

Driver

Ken Deubel

Painter

Terry Deubel

Foreman

Anthony A. Devito

Driver

Andrew Dickler

Editor

Mark Dobkousky

Assistant Production Coordinator

Danien Donohue

Best Boy Grip

Robert T Donovan

Driver

Dan Dorfer

Painter

Natalie N. Dorset

Set Decorator

Rick Drapkin

Assistant Camera

Andre Dukes

Craft Service

David Dunlop

Camera Operator

Gary Edelman

Driver

Andrew M Endsley

Swing Gang

Marcus Epps

Swing Gang

Franco Esile

Swing Gang

Karen E. Etcoff

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tim Ewell

Swing Gang

Kenny Farnell

Driver

Dan Favor

Props

Gary C. Ferraro

Caterer

Larry Fine

Stand-In

Elisha Fiore

Consultant

Alison Fisher

Dialogue Editor

Alison Fisher

Adr Editor

Keith Fisher

Transportation Captain

Robby Fisher

Assistant

Mo Fitzgerald

Driver

Gloria Fonseca

Costumer

Douglas Foote

Assistant Camera

John R Ford

Painter

Leigh French

Voice Casting

Mara Galus

Loader

Carol Gans

Instructor

Janene Garey

Assistant Camera

Joseph T. Garrity

Production Designer

Gary Gegan

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ron Gielow

Foreman

Robert J Goldstein

Location Manager

Brad Goss

Key Grip

Linda Grigorian

Casting Associate

Pamela Louise Griner

Assistant

Pamela Louise Griner

Post-Production Supervisor

Christopher Guest

Song Performer

Christopher Guest

Song

Christopher Guest

Screenplay

Ronald Hairston

Craft Service

Ronald E. Hairston

Craft Service

Tom Halm

Music Coordinator

Amy Hammer

Coordinator

Robin Harlan

Foley Artist

Kevin Harrigan

Driver

Todd Harris

Assistant Sound Editor

Jim Hartz

Instructor

Nathan Hathaway

Best Boy Electric

Gregory D Hemstreet

Production Accountant

Lawrence S Hennessy

Driver

Janet Henry

Location Manager

Ryce Hetherington

Office Production Assistant

Richard Hicks

Casting Consultant

Bart Higgins

Set Production Assistant

John Michael Higgins

Song

Tom Hoke

Driver

Jason W. Huberman

Accounting Assistant

Matthew Iadarola

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Kon Iliov

Props

Sarah Jacobs

Foley Artist

Trevor James

Stand-In

Lona Jeffers

Makeup Artist

Dameon Johnson

Craft Service

Marvyn Johnson

Construction Coordinator

Cary Jones

Assistant Director

Michael Judd

Set Production Assistant

Jimmy Jue

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Timothy J Kalisz

Grip

Joseph Kearney

Props

Kevin Keefe

Transportation Coordinator

Carl Keobalein

Driver

Okhee Kim

Music Engineer

Jennifer Koestler

Assistant Camera

Tom Krajecki

Consultant

Nancy Kriegel

Production Accountant

Jeanne Kukor

Props Assistant

John Kurnick

Instructor

Meti Kusari

Craft Service

Tyler Lafferty

Props

Tami Lane

Animal Trainer

Jordan Lapansky

Lighting Technician

Christine Leaman

Assistant Location Manager

David Lee

Gaffer

Robert Leighton

Editor

Eugene Levy

Song

Eugene Levy

Screenplay

Rob Lewbell

Lighting Technician

Bill Liversage

Driver

Tommy Louie

Sound

Thomas Lowry

Music Engineer

Robyn Lundin

Animal Trainer

Kelsi Macintyre

Accounting Assistant

Salvatore R Maffei

Driver

Michael Magill

Dialogue Editor

Douglas A. Martines

Video

Ann Masterson

Makeup Artist

Richard Mazola

Key Rigging Grip

Jim Mcauley

Instructor

Dick Mccartney

Driver

Helen Mcginn

Script Supervisor

Colin Mckean

Set Production Assistant

Michael Mckean

Song

Kim Metzger

Visual Effects

Danny Michael

Sound Mixer

Hugh Milstein

Visual Effects

Barry Mitterhoff

Instructor

Montez Monroe

Production Supervisor

Steven R Morales

Lighting Technician

James Moreno

Driver

Michael A. Morongell

Sound Engineer

Tony Muller

Loader

Karen Murphy

Producer

Chris Navarro

Adr

Mike Needham

Greensman

Arlene Nelson

Director Of Photography

Peter Nesmith

Greensman

Jim Nieuwenhuis

Grip

Roxie Norman

Hair Stylist

Josee Normand

Hair Stylist

Nancy Kyong Nugent

Adr

Catherine O'hara

Song

Annette O'toole

Song

John S Ogden

Props

Angelo J Orefice

Driver

Kathy Orlando

Art Department

Jan Ostermann

Driver

Sherand Palmer

Painter

Mark Pappas

Foley

David Park

Graphic Designer

Joseph Parvis

Driver

Andrew Peach

Sound Mixer

Douglas Peters

Painter

Tim Pogoler

Key Grip

Dan Poole

Driver

Richard Presutti

Driver

Mark Proscia

Best Boy Electric

Joe Pugliese

Photography

Joe Puleio

Visual Effects

Shaheed Qaasim

Set Production Assistant

Carla Raij

Location Manager

Maria Randelman

Hair Stylist

Daniel Quinton Reilly

Grip

Ron Rhodes

Foreman

Film Details

Also Known As
Mighty Wind
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Music
Musical
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Award Nominations

Best Song

2003

Articles

A Mighty Wind


Fans of Christopher Guest's biting "mockumentaries" may be somewhat taken aback by A Mighty Wind, a funny but unexpectedly melancholic examination of several faded Sixties folk music heroes. Whereas Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show are just as likely to humiliate their subjects as embrace them, A Mighty Wind is informed by a bittersweet sense of loss. Who could have guessed that this modest, often silly little picture would contain a handful of genuinely moving scenes? One hopes it will find a properly appreciative audience now that it's available on Warner Bros. DVD.

Guest once again gets the most of out of his talented troupe of actors, most of whom have appeared in his other directorial efforts. Bob Balaban plays Jonathan Steinbloom, the son of Irving Steinbloom, a recently-deceased musicians' manager who was one of the movers and shakers of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. Jonathan decides to honor his dad with a Town Hall performance that gathers together his stable of folk legends, never mind that many of the musicians haven't played together, or even seen each other, in years. The bulk of the picture (not all of which is shot in documentary style; Guest cheats a lot) consists of the groups rehearsing, sitting down for interviews, and getting reacquainted with one another. Then it closes with the televised concert.

In a bizarre way, A Mighty Wind is a "Spinal Tap" reunion. Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, who comprise that fictional heavy metal group, also play The Folksmen, a laid-back, Kingston Trio-like collective that reminisces fondly throughout the movie. (Actually, in "real" life, The Folksmen once opened for Spinal Tap during a live performance, which enabled the group members to be roundly booed by unsuspecting metal-heads before changing their clothes and guitars and re-appearing to a huge ovation.) The Folksmen's self-consciously innocent tunes are so spot-on their cutesy albums have titles like Hitchin' and Pickin' - they could easily pass for the real thing.

Fred Willard is on hand for his usual brilliant turn as a loud-mouthed nincompoop, but A Mighty Wind is stolen by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, who deliver precisely-calibrated performances as the popular duo Mitch and Mickey, two ex-lovers whose years in the spotlight, and in each other's hearts, are long behind them.

Though Mitch is hailed by one and all as a genius, the intervening years have not been kind. He's now a burned-out, slow-talking shell of his former self who nevertheless still sees the world through a gloriously romantic prism. When Mitch and Mickey finally appear on the TV broadcast, Levy and O'Hara share a tender moment that truly puts a lump in your throat. Levy brings startling depth to a broadly-conceived role that could have easily consisted of a single, oft-repeated joke. This is an inspired comic performance, one that should have made more waves than it did when the movie was in the theaters.

Warner Bros. includes a pile of extras on this appealing disc. The image is presented in Widescreen anamorphic format, and the music is cleanly mixed. Along with the requisite trailer, you get almost 30 minutes worth of deleted scenes, several of which are as funny as anything that made the final cut (a surreal discussion of the difference between North and South Dakota is a particular highlight.) There's also an amusing commentary by Guest and co-writer Levy, but the real draw is the entire Town Hall concert, presented on video, as it would be telecast on your local PBS station. All the actors perform their songs with the proper amount of over-zealous chutzpa, and you can even listen to Guest and Levy's comments while they do it.

A Mighty Wind may not rival This is Spinal Tap as the ultimate mockumentary, but this DVD reveals it to be a lovingly crafted valentine to a bygone moment in pop cultural history. It makes for a sweetly enjoyable viewing experience.

For more information about A Mighty Wind, visit Warner Video. To order A Mighty Wind, go to TCM Shopping.

by Paul Tatara
A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind

Fans of Christopher Guest's biting "mockumentaries" may be somewhat taken aback by A Mighty Wind, a funny but unexpectedly melancholic examination of several faded Sixties folk music heroes. Whereas Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show are just as likely to humiliate their subjects as embrace them, A Mighty Wind is informed by a bittersweet sense of loss. Who could have guessed that this modest, often silly little picture would contain a handful of genuinely moving scenes? One hopes it will find a properly appreciative audience now that it's available on Warner Bros. DVD. Guest once again gets the most of out of his talented troupe of actors, most of whom have appeared in his other directorial efforts. Bob Balaban plays Jonathan Steinbloom, the son of Irving Steinbloom, a recently-deceased musicians' manager who was one of the movers and shakers of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. Jonathan decides to honor his dad with a Town Hall performance that gathers together his stable of folk legends, never mind that many of the musicians haven't played together, or even seen each other, in years. The bulk of the picture (not all of which is shot in documentary style; Guest cheats a lot) consists of the groups rehearsing, sitting down for interviews, and getting reacquainted with one another. Then it closes with the televised concert. In a bizarre way, A Mighty Wind is a "Spinal Tap" reunion. Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, who comprise that fictional heavy metal group, also play The Folksmen, a laid-back, Kingston Trio-like collective that reminisces fondly throughout the movie. (Actually, in "real" life, The Folksmen once opened for Spinal Tap during a live performance, which enabled the group members to be roundly booed by unsuspecting metal-heads before changing their clothes and guitars and re-appearing to a huge ovation.) The Folksmen's self-consciously innocent tunes are so spot-on their cutesy albums have titles like Hitchin' and Pickin' - they could easily pass for the real thing. Fred Willard is on hand for his usual brilliant turn as a loud-mouthed nincompoop, but A Mighty Wind is stolen by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, who deliver precisely-calibrated performances as the popular duo Mitch and Mickey, two ex-lovers whose years in the spotlight, and in each other's hearts, are long behind them. Though Mitch is hailed by one and all as a genius, the intervening years have not been kind. He's now a burned-out, slow-talking shell of his former self who nevertheless still sees the world through a gloriously romantic prism. When Mitch and Mickey finally appear on the TV broadcast, Levy and O'Hara share a tender moment that truly puts a lump in your throat. Levy brings startling depth to a broadly-conceived role that could have easily consisted of a single, oft-repeated joke. This is an inspired comic performance, one that should have made more waves than it did when the movie was in the theaters. Warner Bros. includes a pile of extras on this appealing disc. The image is presented in Widescreen anamorphic format, and the music is cleanly mixed. Along with the requisite trailer, you get almost 30 minutes worth of deleted scenes, several of which are as funny as anything that made the final cut (a surreal discussion of the difference between North and South Dakota is a particular highlight.) There's also an amusing commentary by Guest and co-writer Levy, but the real draw is the entire Town Hall concert, presented on video, as it would be telecast on your local PBS station. All the actors perform their songs with the proper amount of over-zealous chutzpa, and you can even listen to Guest and Levy's comments while they do it. A Mighty Wind may not rival This is Spinal Tap as the ultimate mockumentary, but this DVD reveals it to be a lovingly crafted valentine to a bygone moment in pop cultural history. It makes for a sweetly enjoyable viewing experience. For more information about A Mighty Wind, visit Warner Video. To order A Mighty Wind, go to TCM Shopping. by Paul Tatara

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2003 award for Best Supporting Actor (Eugene Levy) from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the 2003 award for Excellence in Contemporary Costume Design for Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG).

Winner of the 2003 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing for Music in a Musical Feature Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Released in United States on Video September 23, 2003

Released in United States Spring April 16, 2003

Released in United States Spring April 16, 2003

Released in United States on Video September 23, 2003