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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

Director:

Penelope Spheeris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Tyler ... Self
Joe Perry ... Self
Alice Cooper ... Self
Gene Simmons ... Self
Paul Stanley ... Self
Lemmy ... Self
Ozzy Osbourne ... Self
Bobby Dall Bobby Dall ... Self (Poison bassist)
Bret Michaels ... Self (Poison vocalist)
Rikki Rockett ... Self (Poison drummer)
Joey Scott Harges Joey Scott Harges ... Self
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Self
Mychal Davis Mychal Davis ... Self
J. Holmes J. Holmes ... Self
Mark Michals Mark Michals ... Self
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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

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It's more than music...it's a way of life.

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

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Trivia

The women lying in bed with Paul Stanley were Playboy models. See more »

Goofs

On the Blu-ray Disc menus, under commentary, Nadir D'Priest (singer from London) is incorrectly referred to as "THE Nadir D'Priest." See more »

Quotes

Paul Stanley: Rock and roll holds the world together, because music is the common language.
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Crazy Credits

A clip of Bill Gazzarri appears after the credits, with a dance contest winner nowhere to be found. See more »

Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

PLUS SPECIAL MESSAGES BY:
(In order of appearance)
Gene Simmons of KISS
Alice Cooper
Rikki Rockett of Poison
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
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A timeless piece of rock documentary
20 April 2001 | by tywebbSee all my reviews

I have read the comment of my fellow viewer and apparent Heavy Metal Connisseur, who says this film falls short of completely covering the Heavy Metal scene at the time.

But I really don't think that that's what Spheeris was trying to do. This film is so much more. Like any truly great documentary, it somehow manages to capture life, raw and unfiltered.

The characters are funny, loveable, sad, pitiful, admirable, inspiring, bewildering, all at the same time. A very odd, strangely fascinating and mystifying mix of moods and emotions and realness that is stranger than fiction.

Like Paul Thomas Anderson and other great filmmakers, Spheeris has this talent of having compassion for her subjects, rather than judging them in some way. It is what it is. She gets out of the way and lets an utterly fascinating and at times "un-real" segment of life tell its own story. A timeless piece of rock documentary.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,008, 5 June 1988

Gross USA:

$373,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$373,743
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Company Credits

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I.R.S. World Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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