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Anvil! The Story of Anvil

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Canada · 2008
1h 20m
Director Sacha Gervasi
Starring Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Robb Reiner, Kevin Goocher, Glenn Gyorffy
Genre Documentary

At fourteen, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pack to rock together forever. They kept their promise. Their band, Anvil, were hailed as “the demi-gods of Canadian metal,” and their music influenced an entire generation of rockers including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Now they’re back together to record their 13th album.

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You won't be seeing any stretch Hummers, wild late night parties and 75,000 seat arena shows in this documentary, but that's what makes this so good.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

From the too-good-to-be-true desk comes this loving and hilarious portrait of Spinal Tap-esque Canadian metal band Anvil, who were briefly a hard-rock sensation in the early '80s (mainly for the song "Metal on Metal") and have been struggling along in total obscurity ever since.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

Well-shot and edited, Anvil! is an underdog saga even non-metalheads will root for. It tows that fine line between chuckling at its protags' somewhat absurd situation and celebrating their sheer unwillingness to give up.

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