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A Mighty Wind Details

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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 Fred Willard -- not only perform together as The Folksmen in A Mighty Wind, but composed most of the songs performed onscreen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 16, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Harry Shearer Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Catherine O'Hara Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Christopher Guest Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Christopher Guest Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Michael McKean Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael McKean Best Song 2003 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Eugene Levy Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Eugene Levy Best Supporting Actor 2003 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Eugene Levy Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Annette O'Toole Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Annette O'Toole Best Song 2003 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association John Michael Higgins Best Music (Runner-up) 2003 Winner

Cast

Bob Balaban
as Jonathan Steinbloom
Christopher Guest
as Alan Barrows
Catherine O'Hara
as Mickey Devlin Crabbe
Eugene Levy
as Mitch Cohen
Michael McKean
as Jerry Palter
Jane Lynch
as Laurie Bohner
John Michael Higgins
as Terry Bohner
Parker Posey
as Sissy Knox
Harry Shearer
as Mark Shubb
Fred Willard
as Mike LaFontaine
Ed Begley, Jr.
as Lars Olfen
Paul Dooley
as George Menschell
Jennifer Coolidge
as Amber Cole
Michael Hitchcock
as Lawrence Turpin
Don Lake
as Elliott Steinbloom
Larry Miller
as Wally Fenton
Deborah Theaker
as Naomi Steinbloom
Christopher Moynihan
as Sean Halloran
Linda Kash
Jim Piddock
as Leonard Crabbe
Laura Harris
as Miss Klapper
David Blasucci
as Tony Pollono
Paul Benedict
David Blasucci
as Tony Pollono
Laura Harris
as Miss Klapper
Jim Piddock
as Leonard Crabbe

Crew

Christopher Guest
Director
Karen Murphy
Producer
Eugene Levy
Screenwriter
Christopher Guest
Screenwriter
Arlene Donnelly Nelson
Cinematographer
John Michael Higgins
Songwriter
John Michael Higgins
Composer (Music Score)
Annette O'Toole
Composer (Music Score)
Annette O'Toole
Songwriter
Catherine O'Hara
Songwriter
Catherine O'Hara
Composer (Music Score)
Eugene Levy
Composer (Music Score)
Eugene Levy
Songwriter
Christopher Guest
Songwriter
Harry Shearer
Songwriter
Harry Shearer
Composer (Music Score)
Michael McKean
Songwriter
Michael McKean
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Leighton
Editor
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro
Art Director
Dena Roth
Set Designer
Durinda Wood
Costume Designer
Mark Weingarten
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Hicks
Casting
Donna E. Bloom
Line Producer
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