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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

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
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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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20 February 2009 (UK)  »

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

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$666,659 (USA) (18 September 2009)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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In the end credits, Lemmy Kilmister's last name is misspelled as "Kilminster." See more »

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Tiziana Arrigoni: It's H like Hotel. You understand? H like Hotel, A like... Ass, S like Sodom, S like Sodom...
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Featured in The Green Hornet (2011) See more »

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Bombs Away
Written by Steve 'Lips' Kudlow (as Kudlow), Robb Reiner (as Reiner), Glenn Gyorffy (as Gyorffy)
Performed by Anvil
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Aging speed-metal Canuck rockers having one more go at their dream
1 February 2009 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is something as oxymoronic as a sensitive film about some aging die-hard speed-metal rockers, if you can believe it.

Did you ever hear of the Canadian rock band Anvil? Well, just possibly maybe. They had a brief flirt with rock and roll fame in the early eighties, just to disappear almost as quickly from the fan radar. They influenced some contemporary bands that went on to be stratospherically successful and were instrumental(!)in changing the direction of metal rock without ever reaping their just rewards.

In this beautifully photographed movie we get to know two immensely likable characters, Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, founding members and the only two remaining from the original lineup. Closer than siblings they've pursued their common dream for 35 years. Aging and not in a place in life they ever wanted, they refuse to give it up

  • but after their 15 minutes of fame it was basically over.




This is a film about how to somehow continue to chase your dream even though it's an impossible one - with some degree of dignity. True, a lot of what they go through isn't exactly dignified, a lot of what they do certainly isn't but somehow with Kudlow's and Reiner's personalities you cannot lose. No amount of bad breaks can ever really break their spirit and Sasha Gervasi never portray them as pathetic.

This certainly isn't your standard from-ashes-to-fame Hollywood melodrama, yet it's really fluid and beautifully done. It doesn't matter if you ever heard of Anvil, or the bands they inspired or even like the music - it's really hard not to be gripped and captivated by their story.


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