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This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | | Comedy, Music | 2 March 1984 (USA)
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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
... Ian Faith
... David St. Hubbins
... Nigel Tufnel
... Derek Smalls
... Tommy Pischedda
Jean Cromie ... Ethereal Fan
Patrick Maher ... New York M.C.
... John 'Stumpy' Pepys
... Ronnie Pudding
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In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The funniest movie ever made about rock and roll! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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MGM

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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,835, 4 March 1984, Limited Release

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$244,557, 31 December 2000
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As the film was improvised by all the performers, Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer went to the Writers' Guild hoping to give proper credit to everyone. The Board of Directors voted 15 to none that the credits should stay as it was including only the four of them. See more »

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Just after Duke Fame walks away from the band, the shadow of the boom mic appears 3 or 4 times. See more »

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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... their exuberance, their raw power - and their punctuality. That ...
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A hilarious little spoof - wit rather than clumsy stuff
1 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

In 1982 the world's loudest band is about to undertake it's comeback tour of America to coincide with the release of the new album. The group, Spinal Tap, is accompanied by documentary filmmaker Marti DeBergi on what turns out to be a fateful chapter in the band's colourful history.

Despite what anyone else tells you, this is easily one of the most quotable movies made and is just as funny today as it was when it was made, unless you are so out of touch with the world that it affectionately spoofs. The film is almost a tragedy so well does it chronicle the absurd collapse of the band. However, regardless of the hows and whats, the comedy is in the characters and the sharp dialogue. While most of the specific action is really funny, it is best during the backstage arguments and the candid interviews.

The dialogue is fantastic from start to finish and is made better by a superb cast delivering absurd lines with a straight face! McKean, Guest and Shearer are the strongest of the cast have most of the best lines. The support cast is also crammed with cameos from such people as Bruno Kirby, Billy Crystal, Begley Jnr, Macnee, Paul Shaffer, Anjelica Huston and others. Reiner excels as director, writer and documentarian, the film has his hands all over it.

Overall this is a great film, so much has been said about it that I won't go on any longer. While it is not an out and out spoof like Naked Gun, this film is wittier as the comedy comes from the dialogue and the sheer imagination of the writing!


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