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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Music  |  20 February 2009 (UK)
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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
Malcolm Dome ...
Himself - Journalist, Metal Hammer Magazine
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Himself - Drummer, Metallica
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Himself - Guitarist
Tom Araya ...
Himself - Bassist, Slayer
John Zazula ...
Himself - Manager of Metallica, Anthrax, Anvil (as Jon Zazula)
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Himself - Singer, Lead Guitarist, Anvil
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Himself - Drummer, Anvil
Cut Loose ...
Himself - Anvil Fan
Mad Dog ...
Himself - Anvil Fan
Gary Greenblatt ...
Himself - Original Bassist, Anvil
Toby Kudlow ...
Herself - Steve 'Lips' Kudlow's Mother
Jane Reiner ...
Herself - Robb Reiner's Wife
Andrea Reiner ...
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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Director Sacha Gervasi was once a roadie for Anvil. See more »

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Himself - Drummer, Anvil: I can answer that in one word... two words... three words: we haven't got good management.
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March of the Crabs
Written by Steve 'Lips' Kudlow (as Kudlow), Robb Reiner (as Reiner), Allison,
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Performed by Anvil
Courtesy of Unidisc Music Inc.
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A truly heart-warming and hilarious rockumentary
8 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did not expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. 'Anvil' are an ageing Canadian metal band who had 5 minutes of fame before falling short of the big-time. Now they are family men, living humble lives but never forgetting their ultimate dream and passion, so here we follow their last endeavour to make a worldwide success of their band. They are genuinely talented musicians and performers, as testified by the likes of Guns 'n' Roses, Metallica and Anthrax who were influenced by them. However, you don't have to be a fan of metal music to enjoy this heart-warming rockumentary, as you become completely endeared to the central characters – the emotional and sentimental Lips and his best friend and band-mate since they were 14 years old, Robb, the calmer and more enigmatic of the two. The initial impression is that the film could be a spoof, but whilst it is as comic as Spinal Tap, it is in fact a story of the real emotions of real people; making it a thoroughly enjoyable watch.


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