A Mighty Wind (2003)



Critic Consensus: Though not as uproariously funny as Guest's previous movies, A Mighty Wind is also more heartfelt.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related humor)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
Box Office: $17.5M
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as Alan Barrows

as Jerry Palter

as Mitch Cohen

as Mark Shubb

as Jonathan Steinbloom

as Mickey Devlin Crabbe

as Sissy Knox

as Mike LaFontaine

as Laurie Bohner

as George Menschell

as Amber Cole

as Lawrence Turpin

as Elliott Steinbloom

as Wally Fenton

as Leonard Crabbe

as Sean Halloran

as Leonard Crabbe

as Naomi Steinbloom

as Newscaster

as Irving Steinbloom

as Ma Klapper

as Ramblin' Sandy Pitni...

as Pa Klapper

as Young Chuck Wiseman

as Bill Weyburn

as Fred Knox

as Boy Klapper

as Girl Klapper

as Young George Mensche...

as Steinbloom's Assista...

as Young Jonathan Stein...

as David Kantor

as 1971 Dell Wiseman

as 1971 Howard Wiseman

as 1971 Chuck Wiseman

as 1960s Mitch & Mickey...

as 1960s Mitch & Mickey...

as Martin Berg

as Steve Lang

as Tony Pollono

as Jerald Smithers

as Johnny Athenakis

as Mike Maryama

as Young Terry Bohner

as Steinbloom's Secreta...

as Dr. Mildred Wickes

as Witch No. 1

as Witch No. 2

as Witch No. 3

as Witch No. 4

as Deputy Mayor

as Blues Musician

as Melinda Barrows

as Shirley Steinbloom

as PBN TV Director

as Mitch & Mickey Bass

as Mitch & Mickey Guita...

as Supreme Folk Defense...

as Lars Olfen
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Critic Reviews for A Mighty Wind

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (45)

There is no shortage of performers with comic skills in A Mighty Wind. What's lacking instead is a visible premise for the satire and ridicule.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Hilarious folk music mockumentary has some innuendo.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

One breathtaking moment of clarity between Eugene Levy's Mitch and Catherine O'Hara's Mickey gives way to an anticipated kiss during which you can practically sense the characters' hearts thumping and their fictional contemporaries rooting for them.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Director Christopher Guest teams up recurring cast members from his past ensemble comedies ("This Is Spinal Tap," "Waiting For Guffman" and "Best In Show") for this immaculately executed comedy of folk music stereotypes.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

Guest lets the characters talk at length, obliviously revealing their own quirks and neuroses.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008

Where Guffman and Best found hilarious comedy in collisions of fractured personalities, Mighty Wind boasts only a few moments of inspired chaos.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for A Mighty Wind


Full confession alert: I'm not the biggest Christopher Guest fan; however, A Mighty Wind is maturely directed, heartfelt, and keenly observed. I never thought I would be genuinely touched by a Guest film, but that's why we watch movies, right?

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

Whenever I want to watch something light and comedic I either watch a Woody Allen or one of Christopher Guests' mockumentaries. This film is lacking compared to the over the top ensemble Waiting for Guffman and the polarizing Best in Show, but what it doesn't hold in a secure and structured plot it makes up for in heart and gumption. I agree that when it tries to be subtle it's not well understood and when it tries to be obvious it's a bit in your face, but overall I found this to still to have a quiet charm about it. Guest always satirizes the easy targets: dog shows, local theater, and retired rock bands. Anywhere where eccentric characters thrive he mines for the laughs, usually easy with his usual cast of characters. Guest always uses his old stand-bys of Eugene Levy (who co-writes the scripts with Guest), Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean. He also utilizes youthful character actors John Michael Higgins, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch (an unknown in both this and Best in Show), and Bob Balaban. Every one of these films works exactly the same: a group of characters with misshaped values work to find fame and love from the crowd, either don't succeed or thoroughly embarrass themselves, and we flash to a short amount of time later to see the depths to which they have fallen. Most of this film is solely the folk music, the characters playing their instruments, and the oncoming concert. Through the interviews we learn strange details about these people including the involvement in a cult, a past in pornography, homelessness, and transgendered choices. The sub-plot over Mitch and Mickey was probably one of the sweeter things I've seen in film in a long time. Really, a delightful ensemble.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


What it lacks in plot it makes up for in an abundance of laughs. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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