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This is Spinal Tap (1984) Movie Information

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306

Avg. Rating:

3.09/4

# of Ratings:

328

Genres:

Comedy

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

03/02/1984

Director:

Rob Reiner

Actors:

Christopher Guest
Michael McKean
Harry Shearer
Ed Begley Jr.
Rob Reiner
Fran Drescher

 

 

 

 

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A mock rockumentary following the trials and tribulations of Spinal Tap, a British rock band trying to make their American comeback.

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Yojimbo 04/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

This Is Spinal Tap is a mock documentary and affectionate parody of heavy metal and its fans. To be honest, I suspect you have to be a metal fan to truly "get" it, but if you do, it's utterly hilarious! If you didn't know already it could be easily mistaken for the real thing; much of the dialogue was ad-libbed and it just captures the spirit of rock bands and the music biz perfectly. There are so many hilarious scenes I can't begin to count and it's the perfect movie to watch with a beer and a few like minded friends. Even the songs are comedy gold! I've seen this film over a dozen times and it still cracks me up EVERY time!

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mitchellyoung 12/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

This is the first and best of Christopher Guest's mockumentary films, lampooning the genre of rock documentary. It takes witty shots at the music industry, fame, fans, and rock music and also features some pretty catchy music of its own. Hilarious from start to finish, of the "Monty Python" variety.

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Snoogans 11/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A very clever and funny rock movie done in documentary style.

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woody 01/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

For a bizarre treat, watch this one back-to-back with Anthrax: The Story of Anthrax, an actual documentary that is often as wacky as Spinal Tap. This movie's my nominee for the most quotable movie ever made--but then, I'm an old musician. But my twenty-something daughter and her husband quote it just as often as I do, and over and over we all laugh together through the whole thing, just like it's our first time watching it..

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threeofspades 04/30/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This movie is one of the funniest you will ever watch. If you dont want to crank everything up to 11 when you see this, please seek medical assistance.

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This is Spinal Tap review

In mockumentaries believability is important, acting and of course the screenplay. One of the pioneers of the genre, the picture is catching from start to finish despite some too ludicrous sequences, namely the deaths of the drummers. David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) together with bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) are the main focus of the band, Spinal Tap. Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) makes a documentary of the bands lifestyle and observes that there was more to the band than he thought possible. Highlights would be the "11" scene and the dwarf's dancing around the supposed giant Stonehenge megalith. Loads of cameos, funny lyrics, authenticity of the documentary was realistic. This is Spinal Tap is a fun mockumentary for rock/documentary/come...

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