The Story of Anvil

DVD - 2009
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At 14, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Ludlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the 'demigods of Canadian metal,' releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's Metal on Metal.
Publisher: [United States] : VH1 Films, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 A637
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Vivendi Entertainment (Firm)


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John C Bellman
May 24, 2018

just saw Anvil 2018. great show and better guys!. thumbs up.

aaa5756 Sep 20, 2013

PBS has done it again very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

carlcav Sep 17, 2013

"Anvil, the documentary, is a hymn to the human spirit -- played loud, in power chords". So says the movie poster, and for a change a film lives up to its publicity material. "Anvil", the real-life band, is Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Rob Reiner, two nice 14 year-old Jewish boys from Toronto who formed a band in 1978 and promised each other that they would rock until they were old men. In 2008, when film-maker Sacha Gervasi met the 50 year-olds, they had been true to their word. However, despite accolades from such metal luminaries as Lars Urich (Metallica), Tom Araya (Slayer), Lemmy (Motorhead) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) that Anvil was the single most important force in creating modern metal, Lips is delivering frozen food and Rob is working as a labourer. Yet Anvil, the band, lived on. Or lurched on, at biker bars and the occasional fan showcase. That year, Gervasi (who had been Anvil's roadie 20 years previous) looked them up and turned on his camera. He followed as Lips is talked into a ruinous 40-day European tour by a stranger he met on the internet. In desperation, Lips tracks down the producer of Anvil's classic 1982 album "Metal On Metal" and talks him (well, bribes him) into working with them again. Six weeks of agonized recording yields an album that no record label wants to buy and a band that has all but given up. Equal parts "Spinal Tap" and "Searching For Sugarman", "Anvil" (2008) won 20 film awards for first-time director Gervasi, a 98% critic rating on RottenTomatoes, and was described by The Times Of London as "possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll".

Dec 02, 2011

One of the best "rock" documentaries of all time. Parts of the story were almost too painful to watch; more absurd than "Spinal Tap", but unfortunately true. The personal journey of "Lips" and his buddies as they struggle to deal with the passing dream of a life of fame and fortune, and the reality of old age and mediocrity.

Dec 01, 2010

This is Spinal Tap . . . No! This is Anvil! The real-life Spinal Tap! Like most people reviewing here--and in the world for the matter--I'm not a fan of their music. BUT, you can't deny that "Lips" Ludow is as compelling a fellow as it gets. He's the Don Quixote of Metal dreaming that impossible rock 'n roll dream!

Nov 30, 2010

Not a fan of Anvil. Not a fan of metal really. But I really enjoyed this. I thought at the beginning it was parody or satire. But in fact, it’s a bittersweet but loving portrait of a couple of guys who are getting older and older and still waiting for their big break, or their next break. Slogging away at life and slogging away at day jobs. Incredibly passionate about their music and probably a little niave. Made me want to go out and buy their CD, just to support them (that impulse has passed).

Feb 07, 2010

I am not a fan of Anvil's music but absolutely loved this movie. It has a lot of heart and reminds us to never let our dreams die.

Dec 21, 2009

A very frank biography of the metal group Anvil - their early fame from the 1980s and their current struggle for relevancy and fame in 2009.
The film documents the band's struggle to make it big one last time.
Excellent film.

Dec 03, 2009

Good – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008) 90 min. Documentary. Anvil was/is a Canadian heavy metal band that started in the 1980s here in Toronto and continues to dream of stardom. Based on the documentary, they have been the inspiration of super-heavy metal bands like Metallica and White Snake. The film itself could be seen as a reality version of This is Spinal Tap (1984), a mockumentary film by Rob Reiner. I definitely prefer this film over Spinal Tap probably because the people portrayed are real with common fears and aspirations. Throughout, I felt a sense a pity for the boys in the band as they attempt a comeback. The film ends on a sweet note, which I won’t reveal. I’m not a heavy metal fan but this film is not about the music but about the band members themselves. Based on what I could get from the net, the band has experienced a resurgence of attention after this film appearing on Conan O’Brien and opening for AC/DC. Rock on!!!!


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