This Is Spinal Tap

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"Prepare to crank those amps up to eleven"
  • R
  • 1984
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 7.9  (134,537)
  • 92

The granddaddy of all mockumentaries, this is a must see for any fan of the genre. Brilliantly written, starring and with songs by Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, the film follows the hilarious parody exploits of the British (and entirely fake) heavy metal band "Spinal Tap." A comedic and sometimes too accurate satire of the music industry and the metal bands of the 1970s and 80s, the band consists of David St. Hubbins (McKean) and Nigel Tufnel (Guest), childhood friends who began their music careers in the 1960s as "The Originals" (a very significant nod to The Beetles and The Rolling Stones). A soft rock rhythm and blues inspired period is followed by a hippie period and then moves on to the commercially successful heavy metal period that the current tour of the band encompasses. They are of course accompanied by a series of keyboardists, drummers and bassists that all meet with freak accidents (ala Keith Moon and many others). Through band disputes, bad venues, prop disappointments and malfunctions as well as one of the band member's own Yoko Ono style girlfriend there are plenty of laughs to be had.

This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap (Trailer 2)
This Is Spinal Tap (Trailer 2)

Trailer - 1 min 38 sec

This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap

Trailer - 2 min 51 sec

Spinal Tap Goes To 11
Spinal Tap Goes To 11

Clip - 51 sec

This Is Spinal Tap (Trailer 1)
This Is Spinal Tap (Trailer 1)

Trailer - 1 min 29 sec

Description
The granddaddy of all mockumentaries, this is a must see for any fan of the genre. Brilliantly written, starring and with songs by Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, the film follows the hilarious parody exploits of the British (and entirely fake) heavy metal band "Spinal Tap." A comedic and sometimes too accurate satire of the music industry and the metal bands of the 1970s and 80s, the band consists of David St. Hubbins (McKean) and Nigel Tufnel (Guest), childhood friends who began their music careers in the 1960s as "The Originals" (a very significant nod to The Beetles and The Rolling Stones). A soft rock rhythm and blues inspired period is followed by a hippie period and then moves on to the commercially successful heavy metal period that the current tour of the band encompasses.

They are of course accompanied by a series of keyboardists, drummers and bassists that all meet with freak accidents (ala Keith Moon and many others). Through band disputes, bad venues, prop disappointments and malfunctions as well as one of the band member's own Yoko Ono style girlfriend there are plenty of laughs to be had.

This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 music movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 22 minutes. It has received outstanding reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9 and a MetaScore of 92.

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  • Release Date
    1984
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 22 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (134,537)
  • Metascore
    92