The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 45):
36. “This is Spinal Tap” (1984)
Spinal Tap, the world's loudest band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Rob Reiner—Marty DiBergi
Tony Hendra—Ian Faith
Michael McKean—Nigel Tufnel
Christopher Gust—Nigel Tufnel
Harry Shearer—Derek Smalls
Bruno Kirby—Tommy Pischedda
Ed Begley, Jr.—John ‘Stumpy’ Pepys
Fran Drescher—Bobbi Flaekman
Dana Carvey—Mime Waiter
Billy Crystal—Morty the Mime
Paul Shaffer—Arite Fufkin
Fred Willard—Colonel On Military Base
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $30,835 (USA) (3 Screen)
*Gross: $4,491, 645
*The actors are all competent musicians, and the soundtrack is actually them playing
*Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed.
*There is a deleted subplot in the movie which explains the cold sores on the band members' lips: the band takes on an opening act for the tour and the lead singer sleeps with each bandmember, giving each one herpes in turn.
*Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean were given $10,000 to write a script, and made a 20-minute version of the film with the money to better demonstrate the improvisation they had in mind. Several scenes from this demo are in the final movie.
*The lurid cover art for Spinal Tap's "Smell the Glove" was inspired by the misogynistic artwork on Whitesnake's 1978 album "Lovehunter".
*Nigel Tufnel's name is a joke on Eric Clapton, derived from "dull name" and "location in London". Eric became Nigel, and "Clapton Pond" became "Tufnell Park": Nigel Tufnel.
*After the film opened, several people approached director Rob Reiner telling him that they loved the film, but he should have chosen a more well known band to do a documentary on.
*Early home video versions of the film, which included the mock music video "Hell Hole" and other extras, had a special disclaimer inserted at the very end stating that the band did not actually exist.
*In the first dinner interview scene, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) is wearing a t-shirt from "Norman's Rare Guitars", which provided many of the guitars used in the production.
*It is revealed that "37 different people have been in the band over the years". Minus the two original members, one keyboard player, and the original and current bass players, this implies that the band has had 32 different drummers who inexplicably died.
*Derek Smalls bass-playing technique (playing with one hand, so the other is free to point in the air) is based on the bass player from Saxon.
*The band's name was originally going to be spelled "Spynal Tap".
*According to the cast on the Criterion audio commentary, the production never left Los Angeles county for the shooting of the entire movie.
*Tony Hendra (who plays manager Ian Faith) writes in his memoir "Father Joe" that he attempted suicide the night before the first day of filming. He credits the joy he experienced in making the film with bringing him back from his depression.
*Before the first song of the film, an announcer introduces the band with this: "Ladies and gentlemen, direct from Hell, Spinal Tap." This is a play on Venom's intro tape from the early 1980s, which went: Now, from the very depths of Hell...Venom!"
*There is no actual "Isle of Lucy" in the United Kingdom off England's coast, where Spinal Tap supposedly played a blues/jazz or jazz/blues festival. In one of the most subtle and overlooked gags of the film, they are really just paying homage to the classic television show, I Love Lucy.
Why I Picked this movie #36:
1.Still funny has hell.
2. Awesome cast
3. Rob Reiner second best movie from made from the 1980’s
4. Best Mockumentary ever made.
5. Awesome some-what-Script
6. Some of the best ad-libbing ever done in film history.
7. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
8. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
9. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
10. That it could be taken as a real documentary.
First time seeing it:
In film class in high school.