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Title: “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” Utopia and Abramorama Give Their Rock Documentary a Wide Theatrical Release

It’s an underdog story about a band that managed to survive decades of tough competition from other hard rock and metal bands by insisting on doing things its way: no budgets, no PR departments, just good old hard work. This movie has been dubbed “one of the best documentaries ever made.” It was the directing debut of Swedish filmmakers Sacha Gervasi and Evan Michael Woods. But Anvil is not the only success story for the couple who were once on a mission to get a movie made: they previously directed an award-winning piece on Johnny Cash, “Walk The Line.” “Anvil!

Introduction to The Anvil! The Story of Anvil

“At the heart of Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a band who have never quite made it, but now seem to have been forgotten even by those who love them most.” The lives and careers of Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two childhood friends who started their band. Nearly 30 years later, they’re still going strong…but with very different ideas about how to give themselves a fighting chance in a business that simply doesn’t care.

Characters of The Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Robb Reiner
Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow
Tiziana Arrigoni
Scott Ian
Malcolm Dome
Lars Ulrich
Tom Araya
Jon Zazula
Cut Loose
Mad Dog
Gary Greenblatt
Toby Kudlow
Jane Reiner
Andrea Reiner
Tyler Reiner
Ginny Kudlow

Story of The Anvil! The Story of Anvil

The first time I saw “Anvil: The Story of Anvil,” I knew it was going to be a hit. For several reasons, the film had been on my radar for some time and I kind of knew what to expect from it. When I watched the movie, however, things were far different than what I had imagined. To put this into perspective, let me tell you about how the film began. After watching a trailer, my wife and I sat down to watch it. After the first few minutes of the film, my wife reached over and gave me a quizzical look. “I don’t get it,” she said. “They seem young.” “Yeah,” I agreed. “But…” I explained to her what was going on in the movie, but something still wasn’t quite clicking for her at first. After about ten more minutes of watching the movie, she finally came around and felt she understood what was happening throughout most of this exceptional film.


The critically acclaimed documentary Anvil will be re-released in theatres

The Story of Anvil” is one such. Directed by Sacha Gervasi and released on 10 April 2009, the film documents three aspiring musicians as they try to make their way through the music business in Cleveland, Ohio. Despite being complete outsiders from low socioeconomic status and having no chance of breaking into high-level music organizations like CMJ or MTV, Anvil was able to create a career for themselves despite all odds. “Anvil” chronicles the intense challenges, hardships, and trials that the band had to endure to find the strength to continue.

Film History

After four years of “pre-production” and three years shooting “Anvil”, director Gervasi was able to capture a lot of information about what went into forming such a successful heavy metal band.


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