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This Is Spinal Tap -- Spinal Tap, the world's loudest band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marti DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

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Director:
Writers:
Christopher Guest (written by) &
Michael McKean (written by) ...
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Release Date:
2 March 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Does for rock and roll what "The Sound of Music" did for hills
Plot:
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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On the fine line between stupid and clever... kind of like lukewarm water See more (314 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rob Reiner ... Marty DiBergi
Kimberly Stringer ... Heavy Metal Fan
Chazz Dominguez ... Heavy Metal Fan
Shari Hall ... Heavy Metal Fan
R.J. Parnell ... Mick Shrimpton
David Kaff ... Viv Savage

Tony Hendra ... Ian Faith

Michael McKean ... David St. Hubbins

Christopher Guest ... Nigel Tufnel

Harry Shearer ... Derek Smalls

Bruno Kirby ... Tommy Pischedda
Jean Cromie ... Ethereal Fan
Patrick Maher ... New York M.C.

Ed Begley Jr. ... John 'Stumpy' Pepys

Danny Kortchmar ... Ronnie Pudding

Fran Drescher ... Bobbi Flekman

Patrick Macnee ... Sir Denis Eton-Hogg (as Patrick MacNee)
Memo Vera ... Bartender
Julie Payne ... Mime Waitress

Dana Carvey ... Mime Waiter

Sandy Helberg ... Angelo DiMentibelio
Robin Menken ... Angelo's Associate (as Robin Mencken)

Zane Buzby ... Rolling Stone Reporter

Billy Crystal ... Morty the Mime
Jennifer Child ... Limo Groupie
J.J. Barry ... Rack Jobber

George McDaniel ... Southern Rock Promoter

Paul Benedict ... Tucker 'Smitty' Brown
Anne Churchill ... Reba

Howard Hesseman ... Terry Ladd
Paul Shortino ... Duke Fame
Cherie Darr ... Fame Groupie
Lara Cody ... Fame Groupie
Andrew J. Lederer ... Student Promoter
Russ Kunkel ... Eric 'Stumpy Joe' Childs
Diana Duncan ... 'Jamboree Bop' Dancer
Gina Marie Pitrello ... 'Jamboree Bop' Dancer

June Chadwick ... Jeanine Pettibone

Victory Tischler-Blue ... Cindy (as Vicki Blue)

Joyce Hyser ... Belinda

Gloria Gifford ... Airport Security Officer

Paul Shaffer ... Artie Fufkin

Archie Hahn ... Room Service Guy
Charles Levin ... Disc 'n' Dat Manager
Wonderful Smith ... Janitor

Anjelica Huston ... Polly Deutsch (also as Angelica Huston)
Chris Romano ... Little Druid
Daniel Rodgers ... Little Druid

Fred Willard ... Colonel On Military Base
Fred Asparagus ... Joe 'Mama' Besser
Rodney Kemerer ... L.A. Party Guest
Robert Bauer ... Moke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sean Frye ... Jordan St. Hubbins - David's Punk Rocker Son (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... 'Pod' Concert Viewer (uncredited)

Paul Korda ... Rock star, LA party guest (uncredited)
Blackie Lawless ... Comercial Headbanger (uncredited)
Claudia Sloan ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Brinke Stevens ... Girlfriend (uncredited)

Sam Whipple ... Recording Engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
 
Writing credits
Christopher Guest (written by) &
Michael McKean (written by) &
Harry Shearer (written by) &
Rob Reiner (written by)

Produced by
Karen Murphy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Guest 
Michael McKean 
Rob Reiner 
Harry Shearer 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Smokler 
 
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Kim Secrist 
 
Casting by
Eve Brandstein 
 
Production Design by
Bryan Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Michele Payne .... hair stylist supervisor
Michele Payne .... makeup supervisor
Patricia Messina .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lindsay Doran .... executive in charge of production
Cary Glieberman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irwin Marcus .... second assistant director
Donald Newman .... first assistant director
Roger La Page .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gregory Boone .... designer: logo and album covers
Bernt Amadeus Capra .... assistant production designer (as Bernt Capra)
Tommy Estridge .... property master
Stan Harris .... additional art director
James Maher .... art director: Pop, Look & Listen
Will Weston .... designer: additional album covers
Kent State .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... concert playback operator (as Doug Arnold)
Beth Bergeron .... sound editor
John Brasher .... supervising sound editor
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Roberta Doheny .... sound effects editor
Robert Eber .... sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
Alia Kahn .... sound assistant
Lars Nelson .... sound effects recordist
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... concert special effects (as James Beauchamp)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abbene .... electrician
Ben Batzdorff .... best boy
Rod Blackie .... assistant camera
Hilyard John Brown .... additional camera operator (as H.J. Brown)
Robert Carmichael .... additional camera operator (as Bob Carmichael)
Skip Cook .... best boy grip
Thomas Geren .... additional camera operator (as Tom Geren)
Steven Green .... assistant camera (as Steve Green)
Joseph Matlock .... grip
Bill Meurer .... gaffer
Richard Ocean .... lighting designer: concert lighting
James Quakenbush .... assistant camera
Hector Ramirez .... additional camera operator
Rick Robertson .... additional camera operator
Jeff Smith .... key grip
Kristin York .... unit photographer
Greg Robbins .... stage rigging technician (uncredited)
Mark Simon .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Marc Hirschfeld .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renee Johnston .... costume stylist
Lesley Neufeld .... wardrobe assistant (as Lesley Nicholson)
 
Editorial Department
Christine Cholvin .... assistant editor
Robert Leighton .... supervising editor
Marsha Murphy .... post-production coordinator
Cathy Rosenstein .... post-production coordinator
Arthur Tostado .... color timer (as Art Tostado)
 
Music Department
Harlan Collins .... music arranger: "Cup & Cakes"
Christopher Guest .... musician
David Kaff .... musician
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Patrick McDonald .... music recording engineer
Michael McKean .... musician
R.J. Parnell .... musician
Harry Shearer .... musician
John Sinclair .... musical stylist
John Sinclair .... musician: additional keyboards
Bob Badami .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Billy Arter)
Ed Hanna .... driver
Joe Johnson .... driver
 
Other crew
Robert Bauer .... band road manager
Harlan Collins .... copyist: "Cup & Cakes"
Leslie Cornyn .... assistant production controller
Jane Covner .... unit publicist
Margaret E. Fannin .... production coordinator
David Guerra .... roadie
Bill Hankins .... production liaison
Vicki Hillman .... production liaison
Carol Kravetz .... choreographer
Ralph Lee Moss .... roadie
Debbie Nodella .... production secretary
Anne Rapp .... continuity
Douglas E. Stoll .... location manager (as Douglas Evan Stoll)
Jeffrey Stott .... production controller (as Jeff Stott)
Steve Turek .... craft service
Michael Thomas Slifkin .... talent coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Susan Rogers .... acknowledgment: still photographs provided by
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"This is Spinal Tap®: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.70 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | France:U | Iceland:L | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 (TV rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (#27121) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Early home video versions of the film, which included the mock music video "Hell Hole" and other extras, had a special disclaimer inserted at the very end stating that the band did not actually exist.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During "Rock and Roll Creation", when Derek is trapped inside the pod, a roadie is supposedly hammering on it at one point, but clearly not making contact at all.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Marty DiBergi:Hello; my name is Marty DiBergi. I'm a filmmaker. I make a lot of commercials. That little dog that chases the covered wagon underneath the sink? That was mine. In 1966, I went down to Greenwich Village, New York City to a rock club called Electric Banana. Don't look for it; it's not there anymore. But that night, I heard a band that for me redefined the word "rock and roll". I remember being knocked out by their...
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Soundtrack:
Gimme Some MoneySee more »

FAQ

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How many Spinal Tap albums are there?
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38 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
On the fine line between stupid and clever... kind of like lukewarm water, 7 March 2007
Author: edantheman from United Kingdom

Not too long ago, my classmates and I were allowed to bring in a DVD of our choice as it was nearing the end of the school term. Knowing that these pop culturists wouldn't be too happy to watch one of my 'arty cult films', I didn't give a shite and brought in 'This is Spinal Tap'. They quite happily agreed to put it on after I told them it was funny and had swearing in it. But soon, boredom started to sink in with the class. "Crap", they labelled it. "Boring", they yelled. After less than ten minutes, my teacher was changing the disk to, wait for it… 'The Others'. One of my chums, being a fan of the film, dismissed them as idiots. However, I told him it was all a matter of taste and that they would be much happier settling down to watch their 40-year-old virgins and American pies than this more subtly-coloured tin of paint. So as I walked over to the front of the classroom, tail between my legs, to pick up my DVD my teacher leaned over and said, "Don't worry, I liked it. You have to be cultured to enjoy this sort of thing." And you know what, she's right.

To be quite frank, 'Spinal Tap' is just like marmite. You'll either love everything about it or hate every frame of it. Some people say it's like watching wet paint dry, others say it was so funny it gave them a hernia. I definitely fall into that latter category. After the umpteenth viewing, I still find it painfully hilarious!

But that's not the only reason for seeing it. It's also a totally accurate, observational and witty deconstruction of rock's strutting pretensions. If you're someone who thinks rock bands take themselves far too seriously, you need this movie. If, on the other hand, you feel like rock stars should forever be treated like gods and worshipped on a regular basis, you might just want to avoid this. After all, when Aerosmith's Steven Tyler had finished watching it he said he just felt like he wanted to throw himself off a cliff! It reveals the utter shallowness of rock 'n' roll without even flinching!

If you're also a lover of in-your-face laugh-out-loud got-it-straight-away humour, just stay away. Far, far away. This is intellectual stuff. You have to possess intelligence to enjoy it. I've never met any stupid people who did enjoy this film.

Director Rob Reiner really shows how broad his range is with this (his best in my opinion!), bringing every authentic detail, no matter how seemingly minor, to the screen effortlessly with a wonderfully sharp cast. Its still a challenge to get my head around the fact that this is from the same tubby Santa Claus look-alike who made 'The Princess Bride' and 'Stand By Me'! Reiner has always been a man with extraordinarily wide horizons and always will be, constantly entertaining cinema-goers with so many different stories!

The film's fly-on-the-wall mockumentary style works wonders, getting some beautiful performances from its actors (namely Michael McKean and Christopher Guest) and adding to its 'natural' feel. Many films, mainly British ones, have imitated this style ever since. Even one of the film's actors and co-writers has stuck to the hip of this film for the most part of his career, coming up with new and even more outlandish 'mockumentaries' to entertain and sate his legion of followers.

On each viewing, you'll erupt into laughter at the discovery of a new joke. Then for weeks on end, you'll be quoting it to your friends and everyone you know. It's like a treasure trove without a bottom!

To finish this not-so-critical analysis, I can never find any fault or flaw even after the innumerable viewings I've had. I never get bored of it either. I think the reason I like this so much is, honestly, because it was made for people like me!

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