A Mighty Wind

Synopsis: When folk icon Irving Steinbloom passed away, he left behind a legacy of music and a family of performers he has shepherded to folk stardom. To celebrate a life spent submerged in folk, Irving's loving son Jonathan has decided to put together a memorial concert featuring some of Steinbloom's best-loved musicians. There's Mitch and Mickey, who were the epitome of young love until their partnership was torn apart by heartbreak; classic troubadours The Folksmen, whose records were endlessly entertaining for anyone able to punch a hole in the center to play them; and The New Main Street Singers, the most meticulously color-coordinated neuftet ever to hit an amusement park. Now for one night only in New York City's Town Hall, these three groups will reunite and gather together to celebrate the music that almost made them famous.
Genre: Comedy, Music
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Production: Castle Rock Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

In the news tonight...

...the music world mourns the death

of folk music icon Irving Steinbloom...

...an instrumental figure

in guiding folk music...

...from its humble beginnings in the 1950s

to its zenith in popularity in the 1960s.

Steinbloom managed the careers

of such million-selling folk groups as...

...The Main Street Singers,

The Folksmen...

...and the sweethearts

of the folk music scene, Mitch and Mickey.

Their music was the voice of a generation.

It carried a message of peace and freedom...

...and young people got behind

the message in a big way.

Steinbloom is survived

by his wife and three children.

What do you say, Mitch? It's up to you.

Are you going to be with us?

Yes, we do. We have all three Folksmen.

Of course, Alan, of course.

He was the first to--

We can't imagine doing this without you.

It's as simple as that.

We cannot conceive of doing this--

It seemed that the only fitting tribute

to this fantastic human being--

And I have to tell you,

my dad was really an amazing character.

And the only fitting tribute we could

come up with was a memorial to my dad...

...that would be a concert

that would be performed...

...by all of the fabulous groups

and people that he used to represent.

It's gonna be very fast. It's gonna be in

two weeks. And it had to be in Town Hall...

...because where else could we have

such an event? It had to be Town Hall.

And they had a hole in the schedule.

But it's a very sudden hole...

...and we've got two weeks

to put together this very complicated event.

But I'm pretty organized myself.

I've always been a very organized person.

When I was 12, I formed the J.C.P.L.,

the Jewish Children's Polo League.

We rode Shetland ponies instead of horses.

It was funny, my mom used to say:

"Well, if he has to fall,

he shouldn't fall from so very high."

She was very protective.

You could say overly protective.

I just like to think she cared about me.

Which she did, a lot.

And I was a member of the chess team.

And whenever we had chess tournaments,

I had to wear a protective helmet.

I had to wear a football helmet.

Now, who knows what she was thinking?

Maybe she thought

we might have fallen...

...and impaled our heads on a pointy

bishop or something, I don't know.

Now they don't allow no frowns inside

Leave them by the door

-There's apple brandy by the keg

-And sawdust on the floor

So if you've got a hankering

I'll tell you where to go

Just look for the busted neon sign

That flashes


Well, there's a puppy in the parlor

And a skillet on the stove

Hello, Mr. Stranger Man

-Who is that?

-Who are any of us?


I'll take some of that.

-Mr. Palter has an altar, I see.

-Yeah. The Palter Porch.

-I knew you looked familiar.

-Just a little.

I think I used to work with your kids.

A couple of young guys...

Mark and I met at

the University of Vermont in about '61?

Late '61.

We were both interested in folk music,

and there was a big folk music scene...

...as there were on many colleges.

We formed The Twobadours.

-Two. T-W-O.


Because there were two of us.

That was the reasoning behind the name.

-Mark was a bass, really, a bass singer.

-I sang way down here.

And I was a tenor singer up there.

And so we had no lead...

No glue. No middle, no...

Vocalist. We went to New York

to see what was happening in the biz.

-We were playing at a place...

-The Folk Place.

At The Folk Place, which was a wonderful

club at the time and we ran into--

It was the flash point.

It really was.

Everyone-- It was like a big magnet,

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Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest's films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. more…

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