A Mighty Wind


Release Date 2003-03-12
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A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind is a 2003 American mockumentary comedy-drama film about a folk music reunion concert in which three folk bands must reunite for a television performance for the first time in decades. The film was directed, co-written and composed by Christopher Guest. The film is thought to reference the 2003 tribute concert to folk music producer Harold Leventhal that reunited several of the folk groups that Leventhal had managed. Guest co-stars and reunites many of his company of actors from This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show for this film. They include Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Rachael Harris, Don Lake, Jane Lynch, Larry Miller, Jim Piddock, Deborah Theaker, and Parker Posey. Several characters in the film originated in a sketch written by Guest for Saturday Night Live in 1984. A song composed for the film by McKean and wife Annette O'Toole was nominated for an Academy Award. Every song featured in the film was also written by the cast or Guest's long-term musical collaborator C J Vanston.

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Actors & Characters

Bob Balaban Bob Balaban Jonathan Steinbloom Jonathan Steinbloom
Ed Begley, Jr. Ed Begley, Jr. Lars Olfen Lars Olfen
John Michael Higgins John Michael Higgins Terry Bohner Terry Bohner
Eugene Levy Eugene Levy Mitch Cohen Mitch Cohen
Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Laurie Bohner Laurie Bohner
Michael McKean Michael McKean Jerry Palter Jerry Palter
Catherine O'Hara Catherine O'Hara Mickey Crabbe Mickey Crabbe
Jim Piddock Jim Piddock Leonard Crabbe Leonard Crabbe
Parker Posey Parker Posey Sissy Knox Sissy Knox
Harry Shearer Harry Shearer Mark Shubb Mark Shubb


Arlene Donnelly Nelson Cinematography
Christopher Guest Director
Robert Leighton Editor
Michael McKean Music
Christopher Guest Music
Eugene Levy Music
Annette O'Toole Music
Harry Shearer Music
John Michael Higgins Music
Catherine O'Hara Music
C. J. Vanston Music
Karen Murphy Producer
Christopher Guest Writer
Eugene Levy Writer