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Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's and 80's whose theatrical band, Thor, never quite made it big. Years later he attempts a comeback that nearly kills him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Mikl Thor ... Himself
John Holmstrom ... Himself - Founder of Punk! Magazine
Nik Turner Nik Turner ... Himself - Hawkwind
Jack Cione Jack Cione ... Himself - Nightclub Owner (as Jack Cionne)
Frank Soda Frank Soda ... Himself - Guitar Player for Thor and the Imps
Ed Preston Ed Preston ... Himself - Vice President / General Manager of RCA Records (Canada) (as Ed Prescott)
Linda Dawe Linda Dawe ... Herself - Promotions RCA Records (Canada)
Rusty Hamilton Rusty Hamilton ... Herself - Former Editor of Cheri Magazine
Bruce Duff Bruce Duff ... Himself - Former Publicist
D. Stevens ... Himself - Photographer
Mark Weiss Mark Weiss ... Himself - Photographer
Mike Favata Mike Favata ... Himself - Thor Drummer
Keith Zazzi Keith Zazzi ... Himself - Thor Bass Player
Steve Price Steve Price ... Himself - Thor Guitar Player
Michael Pilmer Michael Pilmer ... Himself - Head of Thor Fan Club
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Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70's and 80's whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss, but never achieved the gold record status of its contemporaries. After a brief but memorable film career saw him starring in the cult classics Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare and Zombie Nightmare, Thor all but disappeared from the entertainment map. But ten years into retirement, and incapable of living like a normal mortal human being, Thor attempts a comeback to achieve the level of success that had eluded him his entire career - a comeback that nearly kills him. Tracing the rise, fall, and rebirth of a determined performer over the course of a career that has seen more than its fair share of highs and lows, I AM THOR paints a fascinating and sometimes unbelievable portrait of this larger-than-life icon.

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100% true. 100% real. 1,000% metal.


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20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Ben, Thor See more »

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Metal Avenger, whatever age Jon Mikl Thor might be
6 January 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 2015 and directed by Ryan Wise, "I Am Thor" is documentary on the life of flamboyant body-builder/metal front-man Jon Mikl Thor and his band, Thor, from its beginnings in the 70s-early 80s to more recent years.

I remember seeing albums by Thor (the band) at record stores back in the day and my response was always, "Um... no." I guess I dismissed them because I wasn't sure if I was to take them serious. The guy looked like the superhero Thor come to life, but as a rock god; and I wasn't sure how I was supposed to take it. I finally heard some of their music a few years ago on Youtube, like "Let the Blood Run Red" and "Triumphant," and I found it catchy, raw & passionate in the manner of early Anvil and Twisted Sister. There's also a little Venom, but without the goat-sucking buffoonery (but a LOT of other buffoonery), not to mention the occasional wannabe Norse epic-ness of Manowar (e.g. "Warriors of the Universe"). Meanwhile, their stage antics recalled KISS, Alice Cooper and (again) Twisted Sister. The music's simplistic, but kinetic & fun metal that gets your blood pumping.

I'm just trying to establish how little I knew about Thor, the man or his band, and yet I found this movie entertaining from beginning to end. I can't tell you how many times I busted out laughing. For comparison, "I Am Thor" is superior to 2008's "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" and 2004's "Some Kind of Monster," at least as far as being more compelling and amusing.

The last act is the best, covering the reunited band from their glory days 1983-87, albeit with a new, younger bass player. That was the era when the band had their biggest success in England before abruptly ending when Jon decided to try his hand at acting. A decade later Jon decided to "get the band back together" and that's when his ex-porn-star wife said "Buh bye." In 2009, with his reunited band, Thor landed three concerts at sizeable festivals in Scandinavia, where the band is generally hailed. Say what you will, but Jon & co. know how to put on a show and Jon loves what he does and loves the people, despite the many hassles and unforeseen setbacks. Speaking of which, there's a montage of statements by fans or people who've worked with Jon and they unanimously said he's one of the nicest guys to know and work with. That tells you everything you need to know.

Lastly, remember this: Before there was Manowar, there was Thor.

THE FILM RUNS 82 minutes, never overstaying its welcome.

GRADE: A


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