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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

Director:

Penelope Spheeris

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Tyler ... Himself
Joe Perry ... Himself
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Gene Simmons ... Himself
Paul Stanley ... Himself
Lemmy ... Himself
Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself
Bobby Dall Bobby Dall ... Himself (Poison bassist)
Bret Michaels ... Himself (Poison vocalist)
Rikki Rockett ... Himself (Poison drummer)
Joey Scott Harges Joey Scott Harges ... Himself
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Himself
Mychal Davis Mychal Davis ... Himself
J. Holmes J. Holmes ... Himself
Mark Michals Mark Michals ... Himself
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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

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Taglines:

It's more than music...it's a way of life.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O Declínio da Civilização do Ocidente - Os Anos do Metal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,008, 5 June 1988

Gross USA:

$373,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$373,743
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Penelope Spheeris on the commentary, the scene where Chris Holmes pours a vodka bottle down his throat is actually just pool water - not actually vodka. Spheeris also says that that amount of vodka, if it were real, would kill someone. See more »

Goofs

Megadeth drummer Chuck Behler's last name is misspelled as "Beehler" in the end credits. This is not corrected on the DVD/Blu-ray release. See more »

Quotes

Dave Mustaine - Megadeth Guitarist: Without death, life would be meaningless.
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Crazy Credits

A clip of Bill Gazzarri appears after the credits, with a dance contest winner nowhere to be found. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dream Team (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Bathroom Wall
Written by Taime Downe
Performed by Faster Pussycat
Recorded live on October 13, 1987 at The Cathouse, Holywood, CA
Gypsy Fetish Music
Recorded by TIM PINCH
Produced by RIC BROWDE
Engineered by Tim Bomba
FASTER PUSSYCAT appears Courtesy of ELEKTRA Records
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The "real" Spinal Tap
5 December 2001 | by philkatsikasSee all my reviews

Every bit as funny as "This is Spinal Tap" but it's the real deal documentary and these poor guys aren't trying to be funny. Ozzy Osbourne is a gas. Every nobody interviewed was sure they'd be the next Steve Tyler. These dudes look like ladies.


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