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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.
According to Rob Reiner on the Criterion DVD commentary, his character's name, Marty DiBergi, is an homage to Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma (Di), Steven Spielberg and either Federico Fellini or Michelangelo Antonioni.
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 ...
During "Rock and Roll Creation", when Derek is trapped inside the pod, a roadie hammers on it at one point, but clearly doesn't make contact.
Anjelica Huston's name is incorrectly listed as 'Angelica Huston' at the beginning of the end titles, but correctly spelled 'Anjelica Huston' in the full cast that appears further down the list.
The Criterion DVD includes the preliminary version of the film. It's a twenty-minute short that cost $50,000 and is essentially a condensed version of the full movie. Rob Reiner and the band made it in lieu of writing a script to show to studios.
$55,854 (USA) (10 September 2000)
$188,751 (USA) (8 October 2000)