7.2/10
2,979
39 user 30 critic

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

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Stephen Chambers, Flea, Gary Fredo
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline
Suburbia (1983)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay
Hollywierd (1999)
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Documents the making of BLOOD DOLLS, interviewing members of the cast and crew.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Charles Band, William Paul Burns, Miles A. Copeland III
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary on punk rock.

Directors: Adam Small, Peter Stuart
Stars: M. Otis Beard, Dennis Danell, Brent Liles
Documentary | Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik
Musical | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An entertaining combination of heavy-metal rockers and female mud wrestlers hosted by Jessica Hahn.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Tawn Mastrey, Sam Mann, Jessica Hahn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

An engaged guy is forced by his future father-in-law to take a side job moonlighting as an exotic dancer in order to pay extravagant wedding neither of them can afford.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Joe Hursley, Jenna Dewan, Dustin Ybarra
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A white man goes on trial for having raped a black woman.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,008, 5 June 1988

Gross USA:

$373,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$373,743
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

London didn't tell director Penelope Spheeris that they were going to ignite a smoke bomb on stage. 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

Dave Mustaine - Megadeth Guitarist: Without death, life would be meaningless.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Edited into The Greatest: 100 Most Metal Moments (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Foaming at the Mouth
Written by Harrison, Orr, Scaccia, Corbitt
Performed by Rigor Mortis
Dirt Head Music
Produced by David Ogilvie (as DAVE OGILVIE)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

YAY THE BEST ROCK & ROLL MOVIE EVER!!!!!
15 May 2000 | by Mykii Suicide PBFSee all my reviews

I LOVE THIS MOVIE SOOO MUCH IT HURTS

It's brilliant

the best bits are chris holmes from W.A.S.P. drinking himself to an early grave in a swimming pool while his mother watches and frowns every time he says the "F" word, Odin being laughably awful and claiming they'll be bigger than the Stones and Zeppelin ("What if you don't make it?" "Oh but we will!" "Yeah but what if you don't?" "Oh, but we will though, see!?!")

ha ha

It has interviews with Aerosmith, Poison, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne (before he went all new-metal and put together the Ozzfest (grrr), Faster Pussycat, Riki Rachtman, Janet Gardner (before Vixen got big) & Megadeth and Live stuff from FASTER PUSSYCAT !!!

this film is totally amazing

It's just a shame it's really hard to find in the UK!

100000000000000000000r out of 10


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed