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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

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Sacha Gervasi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Ian ... Himself - Rhythm Guitarist, Anthrax
Lemmy ... Himself - Bassist, Motörhead
Malcolm Dome Malcolm Dome ... Himself - Journalist, Metal Hammer Magazine
Lars Ulrich ... Himself - Drummer, Metallica
Slash ... Himself - Guitarist
Tom Araya ... Himself - Bassist, Slayer
John Zazula John Zazula ... Himself - Manager of Metallica, Anthrax, Anvil (as Jon Zazula)
Steve 'Lips' Kudlow ... Himself - Singer, Lead Guitarist, Anvil
Robb Reiner ... Himself - Drummer, Anvil
Cut Loose Cut Loose ... Himself - Anvil Fan
Mad Dog Mad Dog ... Himself - Anvil Fan
Gary Greenblatt Gary Greenblatt ... Himself - Original Bassist, Anvil
Toby Kudlow Toby Kudlow ... Herself - Steve 'Lips' Kudlow's Mother
Jane Reiner Jane Reiner ... Herself - Robb Reiner's Wife
Andrea Reiner Andrea Reiner ... Herself - Robb Reiner's Sister (as Droid Reiner)
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Storyline

At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. Written by Anonymous

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At fourteen, they made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anvil: The Story of Anvil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,651, 12 April 2009

Gross USA:

$667,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$951,380
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although it states in the film that they record the album in Dover, it is actually recorded in Kingsdown,Deal. 10 miles from Dover See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, Lemmy Kilmister's last name is misspelled as "Kilminster." See more »

Quotes

Tiziana Arrigoni: It's H like Hotel. You understand? H like Hotel, A like... Ass, S like Sodom, S like Sodom...
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Featured in The Green Hornet (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Thirteen
Written by Steve 'Lips' Kudlow (as Kudlow), Robb Reiner (as Reiner), Glenn Gyorffy (as Gyorffy)
Performed by Anvil
Courtesy of Anvil Songs
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Even if you don't like metal, you will like it
4 May 2009 | by darienwerfhorstSee all my reviews

This was probably the funniest movie I've seen all year and also one of the most poignant. The director could have really taken the pi&$# out of these guys and made us laugh at them, and I thought that that's what the movie was going to be about, but it wasn't. It's about two guys who never stopped following their dream and if that sounds corny, well, somehow it works.

I did laugh, hilariously at times, (The manager spelling the name of the town they are in in Sweden with her bad English was a classic) but I also really felt for these guys and wanted them to succeed....even as I realized that they were a bit delusional for keeping on the same path for 30+ years, I also had to admire their tenacity and passion.

I highly recommend this human, funny film.


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