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This Is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner
USA 1984 / 82’

The most famous mockumentary of them all inspired a slew of imitators and launched the career of one of the genre’s leading lights, Christopher Guest. From the film’s opening sequences, through interviews about censored album covers, and the mysterious accidents afflicting a succession of drummers, the film strikes a flawless balance between the believable and the absurd. Getting long in the fang, metal gods Spinal Tap embark on a flashy tour to win back the waning adulation of their fans. Everything might go well – if it only weren’t for stage prop mishaps, exploding drummers and a certain female presence that threatens to rip the band and old friendships apart. How loud do Spinal Tap play on a scale of one to ten? They go to eleven!

Jan Topolski

Rob Reiner

Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Rob Reiner was born in New York City in 1947. His father was a comedic actor; his mother was a singer. Reiner studied film at UCLA. He acted on stage, television and in film, but it was his directing work that brought him widespread recognition. Among his many films are the Oscar-nominated When Harry Met Sally, Misery and A Few Good Men. He frequently makes cameo appearances in his own and others’ films, and has several times reprised the role of Marty DiBergi, his inept documentary director alter ego from This Is Spinal Tap. In 1987, he founded the Castle Rock Entertainment production company. Reiner is an energetic social and political activist, notably campaigning for children’s causes and equal rights.

Selected filmography

1984 Oto Spinal Tap / This Is Spinal Tap

1989 Kiedy Harry poznał Sally / When Harry Met Sally

1990 Misery

1992 Ludzie honoru / A Few Good Men

1998 Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (short)

1999 To tylko miłość / The Story of Us

2010 Dziewczyna i chłopak – wszystko na opak / Flipped

Prepared by: Jan Topolski

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Cast & Crew

director Rob Reiner
screenplay Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer
cinematography Peter Smokler
editing Kent Beyda, Kim Secrist
music Harry Shearer
cast Christopher Guest, Tony Hendra, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer
producer Karen Murphy
production Shadow Shows, Ponty Up Pictures
sales Tamasa Distribution
language English
colouration colour