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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

January 4, 2011
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Phil Ochs is amazing and so so overlooked. Everybody watch this and bow down to his fantastic talent and wit.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar
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This is a great documentary about the interesting and tragic figure of Phil Ochs and the moments of history that he lived in.

Natalie Metzger
Natalie Metzger

The story of a man that needed to find a purpose to live and in the process put an era into great focus. Phil Ochs, a great folk musician in his own right, in the end succumbed to his manic depression and suffered the disparities of wanting to be popular and making an actual difference.

Jeanette Rodriguez
Jeanette Rodriguez

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