This Is Spinal Tap
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Largely improvised by director Rob Reiner and his cast, This Is Spinal Tap looks and sounds like a "real" documentary, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, the key members of a going-nowhere British heavy metal band called Spinal Tap. The "group" started as an informal skiffle band, eventually maturing into an R&B act called the Thamesmen (their hit was "Gimme Some Money"). After going through a psychedelic period with "Listen to the Flower People," the band mutated into Spinal Tap, a hard rock outfit responsible for such albums as "Intravenous DeMilo," "The Sun Never Sweats," and "Bent for the Rent." This Is Spinal Tap finds them in the midst of their first American tour in years as they support their new LP Smell the Glove, with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), who specializes in TV commercials, on hand to document the occasion. Just about anything that can go wrong does: shows get canceled, stage props go wrong, wireless guitar pickups start broadcasting air-traffic reports, no one shows up for in-store appearances, David's girlfriend tries to take over the band, they wind up billed second to a puppet show at an amusement park, and the group teeters on the verge of breakup. After the film's initial release, McKean, Guest, and Shearer did a short club tour as Spinal Tap; the "band" reunited in 1992 for a new album, Break Like the Wind, followed by a full-fledged tour and TV special, The Return of Spinal Tap.
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|Rob Reiner||Marty DiBergi|
|Michael McKean||David St. Hubbins|
|Christopher Guest||Nigel Tufnel|
|Harry Shearer||Derek Smalls|
|Tony Hendra||Ian Faith|
|R.J. Parnell||Mick Shrimpton|
|David Kaff||Ian Faith,Viv Savage|
|Bruno Kirby||Tommy Pischedda|
|June Chadwick||Jeanine Pettibone|
|Fran Drescher||Bobbi Flekman|
|Paul Benedict||Tucker "Smithy" Brown|
|Patrick MacNee||Sir Denis Eton-Hogg|
|Billy Crystal||Morty the Mime|
|Fred Willard||Lt. Hookstratten|
|Ed Begley||John "Stumpy" Pepys|
|Howard Hesseman||Terry Ladd|
|Gloria E. Gifford||Airport Security Official|
|Russ Kunkel||Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs|
|Paul Shaffer||Artie Fufkin|
|Daniel Rodgers||Little Druid|
|Jean Cromie||Ethereal Fan|
|Patrick Maher||New York M.C.|
|Danny Kortchmar||Ronnie Pudding|
|Julie Payne||Mime Waitress|
|Dana Carvey||Mime Waitress|
|Sandy Helberg||Angelo DiMentibello|
|Robin Menken||Angelo's Associate|
|Zane Buzby||Rolling Stone Reporter|
|J.J. Barry||Rack Jobber|
|George McDaniel||Southern Rock Promoter|
|Lara Cody||Fame Groupy|
|Andrew J. Lederer||Student Promoter|
|Archie Hahn||Room Service Guy|
|Charles Levin||Disc & Dat Manager|
|Anjelica Huston||Polly Deutsch|
|Fred Asparagus||Joe "Mama" Besser|
|Brinke Stevens||Girlfriend (uncredited)|
|Robert Eber||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Renee Johnston||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bryan Jones||Production Designer|
"Stonehenge" Performance at the 2007 Live Earth Concert
National Geographic Stonehenge Interview With Nigel Tufnel
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Heard of this but never saw it till now. This was interesting.
So good when origianally released many viewers thought this was a metal band they had never heard of. The jokes aren't jokey, but they are funny and if you have ever watched a "behind the music" style biography, you will find this even funnier.
For those under the false impression that Christopher Guest is some recent phenomenon with his comic "documentaries" like "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind", you've mightily missed the grand-daddy of them all, "This is Spinal Tap". The "documentary", or if you will rockumentary, from over twenty years ago, gets to probably the funniest subject of them all, Rock N' Roll. With its jabs at the pretensiousness and pompacity of Rock N' Roll, and the over-the-top theatrics of arena rock in the 1970's, "This is Spinal Tap" has been so influential that it has inspired the likes of Beavis and Butthead, Bill and Ted, Tenacious D, and others--not to mention that its been endlessly quoted.
Rob Reiner really brings out the laughter with this "rockumentary". The unintellectual conversations the lead singer has through out the movie captures your humorous side.
The first time I saw this film (1980s) I hated it because it was just a little too convincing (I don't care for heavy metal music). I just didn't get it then. Now, after seeing ''Waiting for Guffman'' and ''Best in Show'' (over and over and over!), I finally get it! ''This is Spinal Tap'' is a hilarious inside view of the life of a fading heavy metal group. The music is exquisite -- wonderfully crafted. I have a hard time convincing my 12-year-old son not to sing ''Big Bottom'' in public. Thank you, Christopher Guest, et al, for a great bit of film making.
Eleven! One louder than 10!
You will die laughing watching this movie. I am being completely serious about that--I died watching it. OK, not really, but you know what I mean. Two words: Little Stonehenge.