“This Is Spinal Tap” quotes

(1984)
Movie This Is Spinal Tap
Rob Reiner directed this movie in 1984
Title This Is Spinal Tap
Year 1984
Director Rob Reiner
Genre Comedy, Music
Plot – Spinal Tap is an experienced English hard rock band who is leaving for a tour in the USA. A documentary filmmaker goes with them, determined to capture every moment of their days to get "the smell of Rock'N’Roll". However, they have to face many difficulties: the time of their success is gone, many dates get cancelled and the new album has an awful cover that gets censored. As if it wasn’t enough, the two leaders, the singer and the guitarist who are friends since they were kids, are in disagreement because of the frequent intrusions of the singer’s wife.
All actors – Rob Reiner, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez, Shari Hall, R.J. Parnell, David Kaff, Tony Hendra, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Bruno Kirby, Jean Cromie
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  • “There's something about this that's so black, it's like how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.”

    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    [Tag:ethnicity, music]
  • “- David St. Hubbins: What's that on your finger?
    - Nigel Tufnel: It's my gum.
    - David St. Hubbins: What are you doing with it on your finger?
    - Nigel Tufnel: I might need it later.
    - David St. Hubbins: Put it on the table, that's terrible.
    - Nigel Tufnel: No, I might forget it on the table.”

    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    [Tag:rudeness]
  • “I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn't believe anything.”
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    [Tag:belief, reading]
  • “Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful.”
    Tony Hendra - Ian Faith
    [Tag:music, musicians]
  • “As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.”
    R.J. Parnell - Mick Shrimpton
    [Tag:drugs, music, sex]
  • “We've got Armadillos in our trousers. It's really quite frightening.”
    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    [Tag:excitement, sex]
  • “- Marty DiBergi: It's very pretty.
    - Nigel Tufnel: Yeah, I've been fooling around with it for a few months.
    - Marty DiBergi: It's a bit of a departure from what you normally play.
    - Nigel Tufnel: It's part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy I'm working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it,...” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    [Tag:music, playing]
  • “- David St. Hubbins: It's such a fine line between stupid, and uh...
    - Nigel Tufnel: Clever.
    - David St. Hubbins: Yeah, and clever.”

    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
  • - Marty DiBergi: It's such an interesting concept, mixing mime and food.
    - Morty the Mime: It's a kick isn't it? Well, I used to be an actor but I could never remember my lines, so I thought "just shut up", you know? Don't say nothing. And my father used to say the same thing to me every dinner time, he used to say to me "shut up and eat", so... (continue)
    (continue reading)

    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    Billy Crystal - Morty the Mime
  • “For one thing that goes wrong... one... one single thing that goes wrong, a hundred things go right.”
    Tony Hendra - Ian Faith
    [Tag:optimism]
  • “- Nigel Tufnel: You can't fucking concentrate because of your fucking wife! Simple as that, alright? It's your fucking wife!
    - David St. Hubbins: She's not my wife.
    - Nigel Tufnel: Well whatever fuck she is, alright? You can't concentrate!”

    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
  • “May I start by saying how thrilled we are to have you here. We are such fans of your music and all of your records. I'm not speaking of yours personally, but the whole genre of the rock and roll.”

    Fred Willard - Colonel On Military Base
    [Tag:music, musicians]
  • “- Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective on things though, doesn't it?
    - David St. Hubbins: Too much. There's too much fucking perspective now.”

    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
  • “Quite exciting, this computer magic!”

    David Kaff - Viv Savage
    [Tag:videogames]
  • - David St. Hubbins: Can you play a bass line like Nigel used to on "Big Bottom"? Can you double that? You might recall the line's in fifths.
    - Viv Savage: Oh yeah, I've got two handshere.

    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    David Kaff - Viv Savage
  • “We are Spinal Tap from the UK - you must be the USA!”
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    [Tag:america]
  • “- Derek Smalls: That's not to say I haven't had my visionary moments. I've taken acid seventy... five, seventy-six times.
    - Marty DiBergi: 76?
    - Derek Smalls: Yeah, so I've had my moments in the sky.”

    Harry Shearer - Derek Smalls
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    [Tag:drugs]
  • “- Derek Smalls: We're lucky.
    - David St. Hubbins: Yeah.
    - Derek Smalls: I mean, people should be envying us, you know.
    - David St. Hubbins: I envy us.
    - Derek Smalls: Yeah.
    - David St. Hubbins: I do.
    - Derek Smalls: Me too.”

    Harry Shearer - Derek Smalls
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    [Tag:envy, luck]
  • “- Marty DiBergi: Do you feel that playing rock 'n' roll music keeps you a child? That is, keeps you in a state of arrested development?
    - Derek Smalls: No. No. No. I feel it's like, it's more like going, going to a, a national park or something. And there's, you know, they preserve the moose. And that's, that's my childhood up there on stage....” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    Harry Shearer - Derek Smalls
    [Tag:music, playing]
  • “- Marty DiBergi: David St. Hubbins... I must admit I've never heard anybody with that name.
    - David St. Hubbins: It's an unusual name, well, he was an unusual saint, he's not a very well known saint.
    - Marty DiBergi: Oh, there actually is, uh... there was a Saint Hubbins?
    - David St. Hubbins: That's right, yes.
    - Marty DiBergi: What was he the...” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    [Tag:name, saints]
  • - Nigel Tufnel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...
    - Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?
    - Nigel Tufnel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump".

    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    [Tag:music]
  • “- Derek Smalls: We're taking a sophisticated view of sex...
    - Marty DiBergi: Down on a farm.
    - Derek Smalls: Yeah.”

    Harry Shearer - Derek Smalls
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    [Tag:opinions, sex]
  • “I don't really think that the end can be assessed as of itself as being the end because what does the end feel like? It's like saying when you try to extrapolate the end of the universe, you say, if the universe is indeed infinite, then how - what does that mean? How far is all the way, and then if it stops, what's stopping it, and what's behind...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    [Tag:end]
  • “- Ian Faith: Nigel gave me a drawing that said 18 inches. Now, whether or not he knows the difference between feet and inches is not my problem. I do what I'm told.
    - David St. Hubbins: But you're not as confused as him, are you? I mean, it's not your job to be as confused as Nigel.”

    Tony Hendra - Ian Faith
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
    [Tag:chaos, ignorance, mind]
  • “- Marty DiBergi: Do you have any sort of creed or philosophy that you live by?
    - Viv Savage: Have... a good... time... all the time. That's my philosophy, Marty.”

    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
    David Kaff - Viv Savage
    [Tag:belief, opinions]
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