This is Spinal Tap

USA | 1984 | 82 minutes | Rob Reiner

June 21, 2019

Rob Reiner's 1984 faux-documentary portrait of Spinal Tap, a tin-eared, British heavy metal band, practically spawned its own sub-genre of comedy filmmaking.

Following the world's loudest band on a comeback tour that's not quite connecting with its dwindling fan base, the film savages not only its fictional subjects, but also the music industry and metal culture as a whole. Featuring bombastic musical performances of poor taste "classics," such as "Big Bottom," "Sex Farm," and "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight," This Is Spinal Tap is a note-perfect skewering of rock ‘n' roll ambition that also rocks like nobody's business. "The result is 80 minutes of total joy, its momentum utterly uncompromised, every single second an invitation to snort uncontrollably."- Jim White, The Telegraph.

  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Principal Cast: Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, David Kaff, Ian Faith
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1984
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Karen Murphy
  • Screenplay: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
  • Cinematographers: Peter Smoker
  • Music: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R