A Mighty Wind

Released on: 09 May 2003 • Rated: PG-13 • Runtime: 91 min

Genre: Comedy, Music

Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Actors: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean

Plot: Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Box Office Gross: $17,781,006

Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 14 wins & 28 nominations total








If you don’t know who Christopher Guest is, go look him up right now, I’ll wait. So, you probably saw that he was the six fingered man in The Princess Bride and Nigel Tufnel, the guitarist from Spinal Tap, among a bunch of other things. After making This Is Spinal Tap, he must have loved the ‘mockumentary’ style of it because he went on to make a few of his own, some of which you may have heard of, like Best In Show. The mockumentaries typically include the same cast, like Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, and many others.

A Mighty Wind is a story about folk singers reuniting decades after their moments in the sun to perform a tribute concert to the man who helped launch their careers.

Some fun facts about this movie:

  • All of the music was written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy and performed by the actors that performed them in the film.
  • The folk group, The Folksman, is comprised of the same three members of Spinal Tap, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer.

I love most of the Guest mockumentaries, but this is one of my two favorites, along with Best In Show.

P.S. If you don’t like folk music, watch it anyway. Some of the songs are hilarious and others, like Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow, sung by Levy and O’Hara, are surprisingly great!

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