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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 ... 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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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$373,743
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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

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

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

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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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Odin, Odin, Odin.
8 April 1999 | by scarboneSee all my reviews

This is possibly the most entertaining sequel in film history. The first "Decline" film presented the punk rock scene of the late seventies/early eighties and captured the rebellion and dissatisfaction found in that movement. This film focuses on the much more entertaining glam-metal scene of the late eighties. We witness such awesome sights as W.A.S.P.'s Chris Holmes getting loaded in his pool while his mom sits pool-side contemplating a very late abortion. Our old pal Ozzy's juice-pouring methods are something to behold and my new favorite band Odin sits in a hot tub with a bunch of metal-sluts and tells us how they want to be bigger than Zepplin and the Stones. This is intercut with their live performance where the lead singer expresses less range than Mark Slaughter and has no ass in his pants! We hear about struggling metal-heads who use women for their money and their food (they of course plan to pay them back with furs and cars when they get big.) And the always entertaining Poison treats us to a healthy dose of rock n' roll stupidity. This film contains some of the stupidest people I have ever witnessed. Why it won no Oscars is beyond me. I think it is one of the truly great films of the decade.


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