A strong documentary. I have loved Phil Ochs w/ all of my heart since I was a teenager, and beyond being both inflamed and moved by his music, have always found his life heartbreaking and heartbreakingly emblematic. The dividing line for Phil and for the hopes of his fellow travelers is 1968. From optimism and engagement to disillusionment and estrangement. I share many of his demons, and his sad end shreds me.
Bowser did a decent job on this one, and while there's a few things I wish would have been touched on (his troubled marriage, the Woody Guthrie memorial concert, his long overdue appearance on TV [Midnight Special]), I felt it as good a biopic on Phil as anyone could do. Not a lot of new information to someone who knows Ochs, but I'm glad it was made. Van Ronk doing "He was a Friend of Mine" brought a tear to my eye.