In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. Written by
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At the end, Russ Kunkel is credited as Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs, the drummer who choked to death on vomit. However, Kunkel plays in the "Jamboreebop" video. Just after that, the band calls him "Peter 'James' Bond".
It's not shown in the film, but Peter "James" Bond was the drummer who exploded on stage. See more »
Hello; my name is Marty DiBergi. I'm a filmmaker. I make a lot of commercials. That little dog that chases the covered wagon underneath the sink? That was mine. In 1966, I went down to Greenwich Village, New York City to a rock club called Electric Banana. Don't look for it; it's not there anymore. But that night, I heard a band that for me redefined the word "rock and roll". I remember being knocked out by their... their exuberance, their raw power - and their punctuality. That ...
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Anjelica Huston's name is incorrectly listed as 'Angelica Huston' at the beginning of the end titles, but correctly spelled 'Anjelica Huston' in the full cast that appears further down the list. See more »
On the fine line between stupid and clever... kind of like lukewarm water
Not too long ago, my classmates and I were allowed to bring in a DVD of
our choice as it was nearing the end of the school term. Knowing that
these pop culturists wouldn't be too happy to watch one of my 'arty
cult films', I didn't give a shite and brought in 'This is Spinal Tap'.
They quite happily agreed to put it on after I told them it was funny
and had swearing in it. But soon, boredom started to sink in with the
class. "Crap", they labelled it. "Boring", they yelled. After less than
ten minutes, my teacher was changing the disk to, wait for it 'The
Others'. One of my chums, being a fan of the film, dismissed them as
idiots. However, I told him it was all a matter of taste and that they
would be much happier settling down to watch their 40-year-old virgins
and American pies than this more subtly-coloured tin of paint. So as I
walked over to the front of the classroom, tail between my legs, to
pick up my DVD my teacher leaned over and said, "Don't worry, I liked
it. You have to be cultured to enjoy this sort of thing." And you know
what, she's right.
To be quite frank, 'Spinal Tap' is just like marmite. You'll either
love everything about it or hate every frame of it. Some people say
it's like watching wet paint dry, others say it was so funny it gave
them a hernia. I definitely fall into that latter category. After the
umpteenth viewing, I still find it painfully hilarious!
But that's not the only reason for seeing it. It's also a totally
accurate, observational and witty deconstruction of rock's strutting
pretensions. If you're someone who thinks rock bands take themselves
far too seriously, you need this movie. If, on the other hand, you feel
like rock stars should forever be treated like gods and worshipped on a
regular basis, you might just want to avoid this. After all, when
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler had finished watching it he said he just felt
like he wanted to throw himself off a cliff! It reveals the utter
shallowness of rock 'n' roll without even flinching!
If you're also a lover of in-your-face laugh-out-loud
got-it-straight-away humour, just stay away. Far, far away. This is
intellectual stuff. You have to possess intelligence to enjoy it. I've
never met any stupid people who did enjoy this film.
Director Rob Reiner really shows how broad his range is with this (his
best in my opinion!), bringing every authentic detail, no matter how
seemingly minor, to the screen effortlessly with a wonderfully sharp
cast. Its still a challenge to get my head around the fact that this is
from the same tubby Santa Claus look-alike who made 'The Princess
Bride' and 'Stand By Me'! Reiner has always been a man with
extraordinarily wide horizons and always will be, constantly
entertaining cinema-goers with so many different stories!
The film's fly-on-the-wall mockumentary style works wonders, getting
some beautiful performances from its actors (namely Michael McKean and
Christopher Guest) and adding to its 'natural' feel. Many films, mainly
British ones, have imitated this style ever since. Even one of the
film's actors and co-writers has stuck to the hip of this film for the
most part of his career, coming up with new and even more outlandish
'mockumentaries' to entertain and sate his legion of followers.
On each viewing, you'll erupt into laughter at the discovery of a new
joke. Then for weeks on end, you'll be quoting it to your friends and
everyone you know. It's like a treasure trove without a bottom!
To finish this not-so-critical analysis, I can never find any fault or
flaw even after the innumerable viewings I've had. I never get bored of
it either. I think the reason I like this so much is, honestly, because
it was made for people like me!
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