This Is Spinal Tap

Release Date: March 2nd, 1984

DVD Release Date: June 30th, 1998

R |1 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

"This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

Cast: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, R.J. Parnell, David Kaff, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby

Director: Rob Reiner

Genres: Music , Comedy

Production Co: Spinal Tap Prod.

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Quest , Fall , Witty , Friend , 1980s , Rise ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 96
    Mr. Showbiz

    So intensely funny that the viewer must hang on every word: comic gems spill forth almost continuously. show more

  • 100
    Brad LaidmanFilm Threat

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

  • 80
    David EdelsteinSlate

    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. show more

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