This List Goes To 11: Best Quotes from 'This Is Spinal Tap'
This is Spinal Tap was supposed to be a satirical peek into the decadent, self-contained world of early Eighties heavy metal -- at least as it applied to a group of aging rock stars.
At some point, though, the movie transitioned from cult comedy to cultural institution (In 2002, the Library of Congress selected This Is Spinal Tap for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film).
Indeed, so much of the film's mostly improvised dialogue has entered the English lexicon that even people who haven't seen it can recognize several of its lines. The movie is an uninterrupted stream of subtle one-liners and dead-pan banter. Still, there are those lines that stand out from all the others, those that need little to no set-up other than a fake British accent.
Below, in no particular order -- that's for you to determine, is a list of some of the best quotes from This is Spinal Tap. Normally, I would have capped the list at 10, but I needed that extra push over the cliff.
So here they are: My Top 11 Quotes from This is Spinal Tap!
11. "These go to 11." -- Nigel Tufnel
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