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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.

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Penelope Spheeris

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Tyler ... Himself
Joe Perry ... Himself
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Gene Simmons ... Himself
Paul Stanley ... Himself
Lemmy ... Himself
Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself
Bobby Dall Bobby Dall ... Himself (Poison bassist)
Bret Michaels ... Himself (Poison vocalist)
Rikki Rockett ... Himself (Poison drummer)
Joey Scott Harges Joey Scott Harges ... Himself
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Himself
Mychal Davis Mychal Davis ... Himself
J. Holmes J. Holmes ... Himself
Mark Michals Mark Michals ... Himself
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O Declínio da Civilização do Ocidente - Os Anos do Metal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$373,743
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Megadeth drummer Chuck Behler's last name is misspelled as "Beehler" in the end credits. This is not corrected on the DVD/Blu-ray release. See more »

Quotes

C.C. Deville: Belief in yourself should be the drug. Your confidence is what should really inspire you and keep you going and doing what you want to do.
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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 »


Soundtracks

The Prophecy
Written by Chris De Garmo (as DeGarmo)
Performed by Queensrÿche
Produced by NEIL KERNON
QUEENSRYCHE appears Courtesy of EMI-MANHATTAN Records
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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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