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Metal: A Headbanger's Journey ()


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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.

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Gavin Baddeley ...
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Joe Bottiglieri ...
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Eric Bryan ...
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Jackie Chambers ...
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Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour ...
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Malcolm Dome ...
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Rose Dyson ...
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George Fisher ...
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Gaahl ...
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Donna Gaines ...
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Angela Gossow ...
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Sam Guitor ...
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Ihsahn ...
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Thomas Jensen ...
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Rob Jones ...
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Keith Kahn-Harris ...
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Robert Kampf ...
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John Kay ...
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Grutle Kjellson ...
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Chuck Klosterman ...
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Mercedes Lander ...
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Morgan Lander ...
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Michel Langevin ...
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Geddy Lee ...
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Kim McAuliffe
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Mark Morton ...
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Ivar Peersen ...
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Martin Popoff ...
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Rolf Rasmussen ...
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Samoth ...
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Joey Severance ...
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Brian Slagel ...
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Eddie Trunk ...
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Jørn Tunsberg ...
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Robert Walser ...
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Alex Webster ...
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Deena Weinstein ...
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Ernest F. Hollings ...
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Barry Pinto ...
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Chris Adler ...
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Einar Darri ...
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Kristian Espedal ...
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Sam Dunn
Scot McFadyen
Jessica Joy Wise

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Sam Dunn ... ()
 
Scot McFadyen ... ()
 
Jessica Joy Wise ... ()

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Erin Berry ... line producer
Sam Dunn ... producer
Sam Feldman ... executive producer
John Hamilton ... executive producer
Scot McFadyen ... producer
David Reckziegel ... executive producer
Noah Segal ... executive producer
Robert Wilson ... line producer

Cinematography by

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Brendan Steacy

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Mike Munn

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Louis Casado ... film timer
Jim Fleming ... digital film colorist
Pietro Gallo ... on-line editor
Rob Gyorgy ... DI editor
Andrew Kowalchuk ... on-line editor
Marcia Leeder ... post-production coordinator

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Kenneth Mak

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Erin Sharp ... production manager
Douglas Wilkinson ... post-production supervisor

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Fred Brennan ... dialogue and adr editor / sound / supervising sound editor
Louis DiFlorio ... adr recordist
Nelson Ferreira ... dialogue editor
David K. Grant ... production sound recordist mixer
Kirk Lynds ... re-recording mixer
Sean Munavish ... sound recordist
Nathan Robitaille ... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski ... re-recording mixer

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John Choi ... additional cinematographer
David K. Grant ... cinematographer: opening scene
Martin Hawkes ... additional photographer
Frank Shortt ... first assistant camera

Music Department

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Yuri Gorbachow ... music editor
Andrew Wright ... music editor

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Lisa Clapperton ... production coordinator
Chris McDonald ... additional writer / researcher
Samir Rehem ... additional director
Erin Sharp ... archival researcher
Frank Shortt ... additional footage
David Steinberg ... legal
Chris Stiles ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bob Tarantino ... production legal
Rik Walters ... researcher (uncredited)

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Jordan Clark ... special thanks
Amy Fritz ... special thanks
Denis McGrath ... special thanks
Lan Tran ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of Guatemalan refugees. Recenly he has decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metals' obsession with some of life's most provacative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal. Written by Scot McFadyen

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Taglines The Film That Will Take You Into the Heart of the Beast. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Métal: Le voyage au coeur de la bête (Canada, French title)
  • Metal: To taxidi tou heavy-metala (Greece)
  • Путешествие Металлиста (Russia)
  • Metal - A Headbanger's Journey (Finland)
  • Metal - Uma Jornada pelo Mundo do Heavy Metal (Brazil)
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  • 96 min
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Budget $1,300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The 21 year sentence in Norway is called "life sentence", so the life sentence in Norway is 21 years. See more »
Goofs Dunn also mentions the "Filthy 15", a list of artists with lyrics considered obscene in one of a number of ways. Sam mentions that, of the 15, 8 are metal bands- he has miscounted. Upon reviewing the list, Danish black metal band Mercyful Fate make the list but bump the count to 9 bands. They are also not highlighted like the other metal bands sharing spots on the list. See more »
Movie Connections Features Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986). See more »
Soundtracks The Number of the Beast See more »
Quotes Sam Dunn: Ever since I was 12 years old I had to defend my love for heavy metal against those who say it's a less valid form of music. My answer now is that you either feel it or you don't. If metal doesn't give that overwhelming surge of power that make the hair stand up at the back of your neck, you might never get it, and you know what? That's okay, because judging by the 40,000 metalheads around me we're doing just fine without you.
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