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A spoof about a filmmaker making a documentary about a once-famous, now almost forgotten British heavy metal band returning to the United States after 17 years for a concert tour.


  • Rob Reiner
  • Kimberly Stringer
  • Chazz Dominguez
  • Shari Hall
  • R.J. Parnell
  • David Kaff
  • Tony Hendra
  • Michael McKean
  • Christopher Guest
  • Harry Shearer

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  • Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed.
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  • When Nigel comes back to the band and argues with David, Jeanine's scarf changes position twice.
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    • Lt. Hookstratten: This is our monthly "At Ease" weekend. It gives us a chance to let our hair down, although I see you've got a head start in that department. I shouldn't talk, though, I'm getting a little shaggy myself. I'd better not stand too close to you, people might think I'm part of the band. I'm joking, of course.
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It's no wonder young musicians say they learned to be rock stars from This Is Spinal Tap. It came to satirize and stayed -- and stays on -- to celebrate.

Metacritic review by David Edelstein
David Edelstein

A towering achievement in cinema, music, and life art. Funnier and more prescient every time I see it.

Metacritic review by Brad Laidman
Brad Laidman
Film Threat