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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.
Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed.
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 ...
At the end, Russ Kunkel is credited as Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs, the drummer who choked to death on vomit. However, Kunkel plays in the "Jamboreebop" video. Just after that, the band calls him "Peter 'James' Bond". It's not shown in the film, but Peter "James" Bond was the drummer who exploded on stage.
Rob Reiner interviews all the members of the band.
Several versions of this film exist. A 4 hour bootleg is rumored to exist. The DVD and laserdiscs include some of this in a hour of deleted scenes, subplots, and alternate takes. Included: More with Bruno Kirby; A subplot with Spinal Taps opening act; Derek's legal troubles with his wife and much, much more.
$55,854 (USA) (10 September 2000)
$188,751 (USA) (8 October 2000)