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This Is Spinal Tap: A Documentary By Martin Dibergi

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Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
8.26 /10
Michael McKean , Christopher Guest , Harry Shearer
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Directed by: Rob Reiner
Written by: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner

Released: 1984
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 82

A fake documentary supposedly shot by a movie-brat (played by the movie's real director, Rob Reiner) about a British heavy metal band squabbling and falling apart on a disastrous tour of the States.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Wonderful American satire. It seems to have been inspired by Martin Scorsese's portentous "rockumentary" about The Band's final concert, The Last Waltz (1978), but the film goes on to hit out at many other targets. It remains the last word on rock folly. The portrayal of managerial incompetence, artistic pretension and rampantly self-indulgent megalomania remains funny and horribly accurate (even the British accents are spot-on). There's a terrific central performance from Christopher Guest as the angst-ridden "thinker" of the group.

The remarkable aspect is that, although every member of the band is a blockhead, you come to feel affection for them as their plans for huge production numbers end in embarrassing farce, and their gigs become more and more hysterically demeaning. If you haven't seen this and laughed yourself silly, you should.

The script, director and Guest should have been in the running for Oscars, but they weren't even nominated.

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