This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.


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31 July 2000 | zetes
10
| Deserves its fame
Spinal Tap has been called one of the funniest movies ever made by many people over the years. I had always been familiar with it. I was very familiar with almost 70% of the scenes: the amplifier that goes to 11, the Stonehenge dance, the inability to find the way onstage in Cleveland. Plus, when it was first released on VHS, I had rented and loved Fear of a Black Hat, a mockumentary about a rap group which more or less rips off every scene of This Is Spinal Tap. After finally sitting down with This Is Spinal Tap, I am still a fan of Fear of a Black Hat (and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't heard of it), but it can not come close to touching the genius of the collective vision of Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Micheal McKean and Harry Shearer. I laughed pretty much constantly, and belly laughs, all through the film. It does kind of slow down nearer the end with the bands falling apart (i.e., the plot gets in the way of the documentary), but there was never a scene in the film that didn't have something hilarious. I have to give this film 10/10. This Is Spinal Tarp, er, um, I mean Tap is one of the funniest comedies ever made.

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Trivia

Marty Di Bergi wears two different US Navy caps - one in the film and one in 'Catching up with Marty Di Bergi' in the Special Features on the DVD release. In the film, the cap appears to read USS Ooral Sea OV-4B. This should be USS Coral Sea CV-43. The USS Coral Sea was an aircraft carrier in the US Navy 1946-90, the second ship to bear that name. In the special features, the cap is from the USS Wadsworth FG-9, a guided missile frigate in the US Navy from 1978-2002. The Wadsworth was transferred to Poland in 2002 and renamed the General Tadeusz Kosciuszko.


Quotes

Marty DiBergi: 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 ...


Goofs

On Elvis Presley's tombstone, his middle name is spelled Aaron, just as it was on his birth certificate. Although he used the spelling "Aron" for most of his life, he adopted the more conventional version shortly before his death.


Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title is shown.


Alternate Versions

The two audio commentaries, noted here as originating on the Voyager Company's CD-ROM release, one of them with the three main cast members not in character, was actually also released on the Criterion Collection's Special Edition laserdisc: This Is Spinal Tap: Special Edition #238 [CC1390L].


Soundtracks

Heavy Duty
Written by
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer
Performed by Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Comedy | Music

Details

Release Date:

2 March 1984

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,835 4 March 1984

Gross USA:

$4,736,202

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,736,202

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