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05/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Of 'Anvil!' and Steely Resolve

At one end of the invited-audience spectrum were actor Dustin Hoffman and "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster, while at the other extreme were punk stalwart Henry Rollins and Velvet Revolver's Michael "Duff" McKagan. Wherever the documentary, about aging rockers who can't say quit, has played -- including last year's Sundance and Los Angeles film festivals, and other festivals and premieres around the world -- "Anvil" has generated an equally passionate reaction. The feedback is especially loud when the band takes the stage after the film, which opens Friday in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles with a few major cities to follow. In recent years, a number of movies have matched their festival reaction Little Miss Sunshine while many others Hamlet 2 have not. Sacha Gervasi's documentary has been described fittingly as a real-life "This Is Spinal Tap," filmmaker Rob Reiner's fictional story about a band of middle-aged, rapidly fading dinosaurs of rock. 1

"Can you believe the turnout -- for Anvil?" asked the pic's incredulous helmer, Sacha Gervasi, before the Tuesday screening in the Egyptian Theater. 2
  1. Of 'Anvil!' and Steely Resolve (LA Times)
  2. Metal Mania Hits Hollywood (Variety)

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