This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap

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Overview

This Is Spinal Tap

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
UPC: 0883904132585
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 20,538

Special Features

Over 1 hour of deleted scenes and outtakes; Audio commentary by the members of Spinal Tap; Catching up with Marty DiBergi featurette; Flower People press conference; 4 classic Spinal Tap music videos; Spinal Tap appearance on the Joe Franklin show; Spinal Tap sells cheese and a variety of other exciting products; Bonus DVD: "Stonehenge" performance at the 2007 Live Earth Concert; National Geographic Stonehenge interview Nigel Tufnel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Joyce Hyser Belinda
Vicki Blue Cindy
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
Wonderful Smith Janitor
Anjelica Huston Polly Deutsch
Fred Asparagus Joe "Mama" Besser
Robert Bauer Moke
Brinke Stevens Girlfriend (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Kent Beyda Editor
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Guest Songwriter,Screenwriter
Renee Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Jones Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
Michael McKean Songwriter,Screenwriter
Karen Murphy Producer
Kim Secrist Editor
Harry Shearer Songwriter,Screenwriter
Peter Smokler Cinematographer

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This Is Spinal Tap 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Heard of this but never saw it till now. This was interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Eleven! One louder than 10!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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