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ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL is the sensitive and irresistibly funny story of unsung heroes of Canadian heavy metal Anvil. Jewish teenagers Robb Reiner a...

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“The real life Spinal Tap!”

published 10/03/2014

ProLips and Robb are a the perfect comedy duo, while ...

ConsBands actions frequently come off as delusional

What is it that can launch a band from unknowns to superstars? Lemmy from "Motorhead" would have you believe that it is a lot to do with luck and being in the right place at the right time, or so he muses here in the documentary about "Anvil" the Canadian heavy metal band, who despite headlining...

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ProBest rockumentry for years

ConsAnvil suck

I know what you are thinking - who the hell are Anvil!! Well, that's the point of this charming and engrossing documentary on heavy rocks forgotten men who could easily have been the Canadian Iron Maiden, if it hadn't gone so badly wrong back in the early 1990s, Triumph, alas, now sitting in...

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Excellent

ProEntertaining and heartwarming documentary whether ...

ConsI honestly can't think of any

Film only review Being a fan of this genre of music in general, I had never heard of Anvil which I found really confusing - how had this band that had influenced so many successful bands escaped my radar?! This documentary lends some explanation as to why.... Anvil were a Canadian heavy metal...

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“Documentary of the year!”

published 05/07/2009

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Documentary is my favourite movie genre for its ability to shock. I have watched some documentaries that, by rights, should not have interested me in the slightest, and yet have completely blown me away: Anvil is one of them. Anvil are a rock band that started out in the 80s, and looked like they...

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Excellent

ProSo much emotion!

ConsNone

When my hubby put this put this documentary on the other night, I thought he was having a laugh. We are not into heavy metal at all and the whole thing was about a rock band of this genre. After fifteen minutes of viewing, I was hooked and I'm so glad I gave it a chance as it's one of the best...

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ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL is the sensitive and irresistibly funny story of unsung heroes of Canadian heavy metal Anvil. Jewish teenagers Robb Reiner and Steve "Lips" Kudlow met in the mid-seventies in a Toronto high school and soon decided that rock was their destiny. Anvil was forged. The band gained a cult following among heavy metal enthusiasts during the eighties, but never really made it in the often cruel and clueless mainstream rock circuit. Not withstanding a plethora of eager fans including Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses, who have frequently cited Anvil as a source of inspiration, the Toronto based outfit got irremediably swallowed by oblivion. But rocking out isn’t just a matter of attitude or luck; it is instead a vocation which Anvil never turned its back on, while patiently waiting for its call to greatness. Director Sacha Gervasi (THE TERMMINAL) witnessed Anvil’s fall from grace directly, having worked as a roadie for the band in its heyday. Moving and hilarious, ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL documents Reiner and Kudlow’s last shot at stardom and follows them on the road during an often farcical European tour. The film’s recurring grotesque and surreal situations could see it mistaken for an attempted mockumentary, when it is nothing more than the heart-felt portrait of two stubbornly dedicated dreamers.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK; CINRAM LOGISTICS (SWINDON), Universal Pictures UK Video Rental

Featured: Slash, Robb Reiner, Lars Ulrich, Chris Tsangarides

Band: Anvil

Languages

Main Language: English

Technical Information

Special Features: Audio commentary with the director and cast, Featurette, Deleted scenes, Interviews

Sound: Dolby Digital

Professional Reviews

Review: The most heartwarming film ever made about metal music (Los Angeles Times, 2009-04-30)<br><br>Hardcore inspirational (Rolling Stone, 2009-04-30)<br><br>The most stirring release of the year thus far (The New Yorker, 2009-04-30)<br><br>Thoughtfully constructed […] has to be one of the most engaging, big-hearted music movies yet made. It’s an emotional journey for the audience, one that is as likely to have them weeping with laughter as it is to have them welling up over the bitter disappointments of the men it follows. It’s a heart-lifting story about following an impossible dream. (The Times, 2009-04-30)<br><br>

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