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This Is Spinal Tap Details

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Largely improvised by director Rob Reiner and his cast, This Is Spinal Tap looks and sounds like a "real" documentary, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, the key members of a going-nowhere British heavy metal band called Spinal Tap. The "group" started as an informal skiffle band, eventually maturing into an R&B act called the Thamesmen (their hit was "Gimme Some Money"). After going through a psychedelic period with "Listen to the Flower People," the band mutated into Spinal Tap, a hard rock outfit responsible for such albums as "Intravenous DeMilo," "The Sun Never Sweats," and "Bent for the Rent." This Is Spinal Tap finds them in the midst of their first American tour in years as they support their new LP Smell the Glove, with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), who specializes in TV commercials, on hand to document the occasion. Just about anything that can go wrong does: shows get canceled, stage props go wrong, wireless guitar pickups start broadcasting air-traffic reports, no one shows up for in-store appearances, David's girlfriend tries to take over the band, they wind up billed second to a puppet show at an amusement park, and the group teeters on the verge of breakup. After the film's initial release, McKean, Guest, and Shearer did a short club tour as Spinal Tap; the "band" reunited in 1992 for a new album, {^Break Like the Wind}, followed by a full-fledged tour and TV special, Shearer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 1984

Cast

Rob Reiner
as Marty DiBergi
Michael McKean
as David St. Hubbins
Christopher Guest
as Nigel Tufnel
Harry Shearer
as Derek Smalls
Tony Hendra
as Ian Faith
David Kaff
as Viv Savage
David Kaff
as Ian Faith
Bruno Kirby
as Tommy Pischedda
June Chadwick
as Jeanine Pettibone
Fran Drescher
as Bobbi Flekman
Joyce Hyser
as Belinda
Paul Benedict
as Tucker "Smithy" Brown
Patrick Macnee
as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg
Billy Crystal
as Morty the Mime
Fred Willard
as Lt. Hookstratten
Ed Begley, Jr.
as John "Stumpy" Pepys
Howard Hesseman
as Terry Ladd
Russ Kunkel
as Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs
Paul Shaffer
as Artie Fufkin
Daniel Rodgers
as Little Druid
Jean Cromie
as Ethereal Fan
Patrick Maher
as New York M.C.
Danny Kortchmar
as Ronnie Pudding
Julie Payne
as Mime Waitress
Dana Carvey
as Mime Waitress
Sandy Helberg
as Angelo DiMentibello
Robin Menken
as Angelo's Associate
Zane Buzby
as Rolling Stone Reporter
J.J. Barry
as Rack Jobber
George McDaniel
as Southern Rock Promoter
Lara Cody
as Fame Groupy
Archie Hahn III
as Room Service Guy
Charles Levin
as Disc & Dat Manager
Anjelica Huston
as Polly Deutsch
Fred Asparagus
as Joe "Mama" Besser
Robert Bauer
as Moke
Brinke Stevens
as Girlfriend (uncredited)
Robert Bauer
as Moke
Anjelica Huston
as Polly Deutsch
Archie Hahn III
as Room Service Guy
Patrick Maher
as New York M.C.
Brinke Stevens
as Girlfriend (uncredited)
Danny Kortchmar
as Ronnie Pudding
Paul Shaffer
as Artie Fufkin
Russ Kunkel
as Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs
Robin Menken
as Angelo's Associate
Sandy Helberg
as Angelo DiMentibello
Jean Cromie
as Ethereal Fan
Daniel Rodgers
as Little Druid
Fred Asparagus
as Joe "Mama" Besser
Lara Cody
as Fame Groupy
Julie Payne
as Mime Waitress
George McDaniel
as Southern Rock Promoter
Charles Levin
as Disc & Dat Manager
J.J. Barry
as Rack Jobber
Dana Carvey
as Mime Waitress
Zane Buzby
as Rolling Stone Reporter

Crew

Rob Reiner
Director
Karen Murphy
Producer
Rob Reiner
Screenwriter
Michael McKean
Screenwriter
Christopher Guest
Screenwriter
Harry Shearer
Screenwriter
Peter Smokler
Cinematographer
Rob Reiner
Songwriter
Harry Shearer
Songwriter
Christopher Guest
Songwriter
Michael McKean
Songwriter
Kent Beyda
Editor
Robert Leighton
Editor
Kim Secrist
Editor
Renee Johnston
Costume Designer
Robert Eber
Sound/Sound Designer
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