This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Mockumentary, Parody Film, Satire  |   Release Date - Mar 2, 1984  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This Is Spın̈al Tap is a 1984 American rock music mockumentary comedy film written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap. Directed by Reiner, the movie satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.

Reiner and the three main actors are credited as the writers of the movie because they ad libbed much of the dialogue. Several dozen hours of footage were filmed before Reiner edited it to the released movie.

The three main members of Spinal Tap—David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel—are played by actors McKean, Shearer, and Guest, respectively. The three actors play their musical instruments and speak with mock English accents throughout the movie. Reiner appears as Marty Di Bergi, the maker of the documentary. Other actors in the movie are Tony Hendra as group manager Ian Faith, and June Chadwick as St. Hubbins' interfering girlfriend Jeanine. Actors Paul Shaffer, Fred Willard, Fran Drescher, Bruno Kirby, Howard Hesseman, Ed Begley, Jr., Patrick Macnee, Anjelica Huston, Vicki Blue, Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Brinke Stevens, and Linnea Quigley all play supporting roles or make cameo appearances in the movie.

In 2002, This Is Spinal Tap was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry.

Movie Info

Budget

$2,500,000

Box Office

$4,736,202

Tags

American Film Institute, Amplifier, Art/Music, Brooklyn, Cult, Cult Film, Groupie, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Mockumentary, Music, New York, Odessa, Orthodox Judaism, Orthodox Stance, Parody, Parody/Slapstick

Attributes

Filming Location: Los Angeles
Narrative Location: Atlanta, California, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Tennessee, Tokyo
Subject: concert tour, music industry, rock music
Time Period: 1980s

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Alternate Titles

A turné
HU
Det här är Spinal Tap
SE
Die Jungs von Spinal Tap
DE
Esto es Spinal Tap
VE
Hei me rokataan!
FI
Hjelp vi er i pop-bransjen
NO
Isto é Spinal Tap
BR
Karşınızda Spinal Tap
TR
On the Rocks
DK
Oto Spinal Tap
PL
Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
, US
Spinal Tap
FR, IL, SE
Spinal Tap - Hei me rokataan!
FI
Tai - Spinal Tap
LT
This Is Spinal Tap
AU, CA, DE, IT, MX, ES, GB, US, UY
This Is Spinal Tap!
GR
This is Spinal Tap®: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi
, US
Titta vi rockar!
FI
Ово је Спајнал тап
RS
Това е Спайнъл Тап
BG
Це - Spinal Tap
UA
Это - Spinal Tap
RU
スパイナル・タップ
JP
四大癲王
HK
搖滾萬萬歲
TW
이것이 스파이널 탭이다
KR