Anvil! The Story of Anvil Movie Poster
  • Released
  • April 10, 2009
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • Documentary
  • 44 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a 2008 documentary on a seminal Canadian thrash metal band still struggling to find success two decades after their '80s heyday. The movie shows the struggles of a band who is in it for the long haul; this should be required viewing for young musicians with dreams of making it in the music industry, as it shows the inherent joys as well as the constant struggles of musicians working a tour circuit that makes little money and how that causes strain in friendships and families. While some will see this as a real-life Spinal Tap -- of quixotic dreamers aging into self-parody -- others will see dogged determination, perseverance, and the loneliness of the long-distance rock and roller engaged in what makes him happiest in this world: entertaining others with his music. There is frequent profanity, including regular use of "f--k." The lead guitarist is shown using a vibrator on the strings of his guitar. Songs reference evergreen heavy metal topics such as casual sex, Satan, and medieval torture. There are near-fights between members of the band and club owners, and amongst members of the band. Beer and alcohol drinking, especially in concert settings, as well as some marijuana and cigarette smoking. Overall, this documentary shows the bond between two life-long friends who persevere in their pursuit of a success that has eluded them while still finding a joy in playing music that many people lose as they get older.

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