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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

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Sacha Gervasi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Ian ... Himself - Rhythm Guitarist, Anthrax
Lemmy ... Himself - Bassist, Motörhead
Malcolm Dome Malcolm Dome ... Himself - Journalist, Metal Hammer Magazine
Lars Ulrich ... Himself - Drummer, Metallica
Slash ... Himself - Guitarist
Tom Araya ... Himself - Bassist, Slayer
John Zazula John Zazula ... Himself - Manager of Metallica, Anthrax, Anvil (as Jon Zazula)
Steve 'Lips' Kudlow ... Himself - Singer, Lead Guitarist, Anvil
Robb Reiner ... Himself - Drummer, Anvil
Cut Loose Cut Loose ... Himself - Anvil Fan
Mad Dog Mad Dog ... Himself - Anvil Fan
Gary Greenblatt Gary Greenblatt ... Himself - Original Bassist, Anvil
Toby Kudlow Toby Kudlow ... Herself - Steve 'Lips' Kudlow's Mother
Jane Reiner Jane Reiner ... Herself - Robb Reiner's Wife
Andrea Reiner Andrea Reiner ... Herself - Robb Reiner's Sister (as Droid Reiner)
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Storyline

At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. Written by Anonymous

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At fourteen, they made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anvil: The Story of Anvil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,651, 12 April 2009

Gross USA:

$667,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$951,380
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Although it states in the film that they record the album in Dover, it is actually recorded in Kingsdown,Deal. 10 miles from Dover See more »

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In the end credits, Lemmy Kilmister's last name is misspelled as "Kilminster." See more »

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Steve 'Lips' Kudlow: Everything on the tour went drastically wrong. But at least there was a tour for it to go wrong on.
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A truly heart-warming and hilarious rockumentary

I did not expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. 'Anvil' are an ageing Canadian metal band who had 5 minutes of fame before falling short of the big-time. Now they are family men, living humble lives but never forgetting their ultimate dream and passion, so here we follow their last endeavour to make a worldwide success of their band. They are genuinely talented musicians and performers, as testified by the likes of Guns 'n' Roses, Metallica and Anthrax who were influenced by them. However, you don't have to be a fan of metal music to enjoy this heart-warming rockumentary, as you become completely endeared to the central characters – the emotional and sentimental Lips and his best friend and band-mate since they were 14 years old, Robb, the calmer and more enigmatic of the two. The initial impression is that the film could be a spoof, but whilst it is as comic as Spinal Tap, it is in fact a story of the real emotions of real people; making it a thoroughly enjoyable watch.


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