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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

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Himself - Rhythm Guitarist, Anthrax
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Himself - Bassist, Motörhead
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Himself - Journalist, Metal Hammer Magazine
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Himself - Drummer, Metallica
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Himself - Bassist, Slayer
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Himself - Manager of Metallica, Anthrax, Anvil (as Jon Zazula)
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Himself - Drummer, Anvil
Cut Loose ...
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Gary Greenblatt ...
Himself - Original Bassist, Anvil
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Herself - Steve 'Lips' Kudlow's Mother
Jane Reiner ...
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Herself - Robb Reiner's Sister (as Droid Reiner)
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At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. Written by Anonymous

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At fourteen, they made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it.


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$34,651 (USA) (10 April 2009)

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$666,659 (USA) (18 September 2009)
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Steve 'Lips' Kudlow: Everything on the tour went drastically wrong. But at least there was a tour for it to go wrong on.
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Even if you don't like metal, you will like it
4 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was probably the funniest movie I've seen all year and also one of the most poignant. The director could have really taken the pi&$# out of these guys and made us laugh at them, and I thought that that's what the movie was going to be about, but it wasn't. It's about two guys who never stopped following their dream and if that sounds corny, well, somehow it works.

I did laugh, hilariously at times, (The manager spelling the name of the town they are in in Sweden with her bad English was a classic) but I also really felt for these guys and wanted them to succeed....even as I realized that they were a bit delusional for keeping on the same path for 30+ years, I also had to admire their tenacity and passion.

I highly recommend this human, funny film.


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