Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Released 2008


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Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a 2008 music documentary/biography from director Sacha Gervasi (co-writer of The Terminal). For Steve Lips Kudlow and Robb Reiner, founding members of highly influential and significant heavy metal band Anvil, luck'or fate, it would seem'would be a tide that they would have to swim against for the better part of thirty years. Starting off at the top in their twenties with the big names of the genre, Anvil were amongst the forerunners of the hard rock and heavy metal explosion that would take place in the early eighties. And yet when bands like Metallica and Slayer were selling out stadiums, Anvil would more than likely be around the corner playing in a bar to ten or twenty people. Of course, there are numerous theories as to why this seemingly cruel and bitter injustice played out the way that it so silently did, but if there's one thing that the The Story of Anvil does is that it expels any doubt as to the heart and soul that have kept these guys swimming against the tide working against them all those years.moreless


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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    You may never have expected to see the words heavy metal, endearing and warmhearted in the same sentence, but you just did.

  • 80

    Variety 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 celebrati...

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Reiner and Mr. Kudlow may not quite merit full-metal glory, but they don't deserve oblivion either, and Anvil! The Story of Anvil makes both a case and a place for their band.

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