THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1983 U.S.) D/W: ROB REINER W: CHRISTOPHER GUEST/MICHAEL McKEAN/HARRY SHEARER P: KAREN MURPHY
Reiner plays a documentary filmmaker who follows the (fake) heavy metal band Spinal Tap around on an ill-advised post-stardom American tour (to coencide with the release of their Smell The Glove LP). Similar to the more low key parts in The Rutles' ALL YOU NEED IS CASH, it's an ever so slight but excellent parody, capturing these (believable) past-their-prime rock idols (McKean, Guest and Shearer) at their worst. With Paul Shaffer, Patrick Macnee, Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Howard Hesseman, Anjelica Huston, Dana Carvey and Brinke Stevens. Real fans will probably want the 5 hour(!) bootleg version. RETURN OF SPINAL TAP followed.

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