Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune


Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011)


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As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and once again pins its hopes on a new leader's promise for change, the feature length documentary, "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" is a timely tribute to an unlikely American hero. Phil Ochs, a folk singing legend, who many called the emotional heart of his generation, loved his country and he pursued its honor, in song and action, with a ferocity that had no regard for consequences. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and a quiver of razor sharp songs, he tirelessly fought the good fight for peace and justice throughout his short life.

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Critic Reviews for Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

"Phil Ochs" not only is a good look at a man who carved a small but important niche into the folk world but a good record of the turbulent 1960s and what motivated its protesters.

Mar 17, 2011 | Full Review…

The short and tragic life of Phil Ochs is as involving as the music he wrote and played, and that is saying a great deal.

Mar 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.

Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At once an unsentimental portrait of the ambitious singer who thought himself bound for glory, and an affecting elegy for a time when song was a form of revolution.

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.

Jan 14, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Not only a biography but also a running history of the period's left-wing activism, replete with film clips of that decade's tragic events.

Jan 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune


This soon-to-be beloved documentary may have the inspiration it needs, but without a larger budget to put this documentary together it is extremely dull. The story is intriguing and Phil Ochs is an amazing human beings, but there is a big chunck of something missing that most great documentaries have, a certain direction with the interviews. I held my hands up with my hands in boredom as I was watching this film, but by the end of the picture, I was facinated by how such an average person became so rich and famous. This was a very solid documentary and I recommend it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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