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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Rob Reiner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Reiner ... Marty DiBergi
Kimberly Stringer Kimberly Stringer ... Heavy Metal Fan
Chazz Dominguez Chazz Dominguez ... Heavy Metal Fan
Shari Hall Shari Hall ... Heavy Metal Fan
R.J. Parnell R.J. Parnell ... Mick Shrimpton
David Kaff 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 Jean Cromie ... Ethereal Fan
Patrick Maher Patrick Maher ... New York M.C.
Ed Begley Jr. ... John 'Stumpy' Pepys
Danny Kortchmar ... Ronnie Pudding
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Storyline

In 1982, the legendary English 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 {J-26}

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This ain't just rock and roll . . . See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Midway through the film, Spinal Tap arrives in Cleveland, Ohio, to play a show at the fictitiously named Xanadu Star Theater. While unconfirmed, it is possible that this fictitious venue name is a direct reference to legendary Canadian rock band Rush, along with two other Rush references. "Xanadu" is the title of a sweeping 11 minute song from Rush's "A Farewell To Kings" release in 1977. Secondly, it is widely accepted that Rush first achieved significant American notoriety in Cleveland, Ohio, a city where local radio DJs of the time heavily played the band's 1974 song "Working Man". The song proved to be especially resonant with the largely working class population of the city and helped put the band firmly on the musical map. Thirdly, throughout their career Rush have used emblems, graphics and imagery in the form of stars. Long-time Rush collaborator, graphic designer Hugh Syme, is credited with the creation of the now famous "Starman" emblem which first appeared on the band's 1976 album "2112". See more »

Goofs

During the rehearsal when the album "Smell the Glove" first arrives, the horns of the skull stage prop in the background are alternately missing and attached. See more »

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[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... their exuberance, their raw power - and their punctuality. That ...
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Crazy Credits

Rob Reiner interviews all the members of the band. See more »

Alternate Versions

The two audio commentaries, noted here as originating on the Voyager Company's CD-ROM release, one of them with the three main cast members not in character, was actually also released on the Criterion Collection's Special Edition laserdisc: This Is Spinal Tap: Special Edition #238 [CC1390L]. See more »

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Still the funniest rock'n'roll movie ever, and one of the best DVDs on the market.
9 October 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'This Is Spinal Tap' has been part of my life for so many years that it's hard to remember a time when I hadn't seen it. Having recently bought it on DVD and rewatched it for the nth time I was once again struck and just how clever and amusing this movie is. Christopher Guest and friends are not only very talented comedians with an amazing ability to improvise, but they know their music, and this is the real strength of the movie. Even though I have almost memorized every scene and joke it's STILL funny to me no matter how many times I watch it. Not only is the movie itself a classic, but the DVD is one of the best buys around with plenty of extras, deleted scenes, many as good as those chosen, and best of all a hilarious commentary by Tufnel, St Hubbins and Smalls which is even funnier than the movie itself. In fact it's the most entertaining DVD commentary track I've heard to date. This movie is a comedy classic, and easily the sharpest rock'n'roll parody ever made. If you haven't seen it before you're in for a treat! Absolutely essential viewing for all rock'n'roll fans, metal or otherwise!


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This is Spinal Tap®: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,835, 4 March 1984

Gross USA:

$4,736,202

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,736,202
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.70 : 1
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