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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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Storyline

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 original rockumentary created by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer See more »

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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,835, 4 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$244,557, 31 December 2000
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Derek Smalls' bass-playing technique (playing with one hand, so the other is free to point in the air) is based on the bass player from Saxon. See more »

Goofs

At the end, Russ Kunkel is credited as Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs, the drummer who choked to death on vomit. However, Kunkel plays in the "Jamboreebop" video. Just after that, the band calls him "Peter 'James' Bond". It's not shown in the film, but Peter "James" Bond was the drummer who exploded on stage. 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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Anjelica Huston's name is incorrectly listed as 'Angelica Huston' at the beginning of the end titles, but correctly spelled 'Anjelica Huston' in the full cast that appears further down the list. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Otto Show (1992) See more »

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Cups And Cakes
Written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer
Arranged by Harlan Collins
Performed by Michael McKean and Christopher Guest
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Smell the Glove!
5 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

The humor of "This is Spinal Tap" has a special time-release formula. I didn't find myself rolling on the floor laughing the first time I saw this but as the day went on my friends and I couldn't stop recalling the dialogue. This movie is a legend.

"See Spinal Tap" should be written in the dictionary next to satire. Lately satire has come to mean a simple mockery of pop-culture instead of "human vice or folly attacked through irony, derision or wit". Movies like "Scary Movie" claim to be parodies or satire without even trying to be witty. They just imitate something as opposed to commenting on it. True satire takes a bit more work by the writers and will make you laugh much harder.

Spinal Tap gives you the absurdity of the rock and roll world, yet still respects the music. I understood this when I saw a clip of the movie for the first time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was the scene with amps that go to "11". I couldn't stop thinking about that scene until I finally saw the movie. Every aspect of the music world is lampooned; arrogance, absurdity, backstage crybabies, has-beenism, volume, even the Beatles. This movie is quoted like the Simpsons, which isn't always good but certainly proof of legendary movie. It's dry, deadpan humor and it may take a day to sink in but this movie is hilarious.


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