Screened as part of NZIFF 2003

A Mighty Wind 2003

Directed by Christopher Guest

USA In English
92 minutes 35mm


Karen Murphy


Christopher Guest
Eugene Levy


Arlene Donnelly Nelson


Robert Leighton


Jeffrey C.J. Vanston


Bob Balaban (Jonathan Steinbloom)
Christopher Guest (Alan Barrows)
John Michael Higgins (Terry Bohner)
Eugene Levy (Mitch Cohen)
Jane Lynch (Laurie Bohner)
Michael McKean (Jerry Palter)
Catherine O’Hara (Mickey Devlin Crabbe)
Parker Posey (Sissy Knox)
Harry Shearer (Mark Shubb)
Fred Willard (Mike LaFontaine)


Since helping make cult history with This Is Spinal Tap, writer/director Christopher Guest and his inspired comic troupe have given us the mock documentary lowdown on provincial amateur dramatics in Waiting for Guffman and competitive pet shows in Best in Show. In A Mighty Wind they return to the music scene, in dangerously mellow mood, embracing the unmistakably 60s phenomenon of folk music – as represented by the tragically 00s phenomenon of the reunion concert. 

A Mighty Wind is a movie that re-creates its object of satire with such pitch-perfect flair that it all but erases the line between derision and love. The songs were composed and performed by the cast members themselves, and they bring some of the same conviction to the enterprise that the actor-musicians did to Nashville. The movie is a folkie parody for anyone who, like me, finds the wholesome, tinkly, white-bread vibe of most folk music insipid beyond words but who can also listen to the Kingston Trio’s version of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and find its cascading wistfulness beautiful beyond words.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly 

“Old folkies will spot the genres being guyed. Others will enjoy little frissons, like Guest’s literally sheepish tenor (he baas his lyrics). The rest can just happily hum along. One of the groups is blurbed as ‘the kind of infectious it’s good to spread around’. The same goes for this film: the sweetest and funniest of Guest’s true-life fake-umentaries.” — Richard Corliss, Time