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The Best Quotes From 'This Is Spinal Tap' Go Up To Eleven

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If you've seen this hilarious mock rockumentary then we want you to vote up the best This Is Spinal Tap quotes. These quotes prove how funny the movie really is even if you haven't seen it in a while. Starring Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest, This Is Spinal Tap was released in 1984 and directed by Rob Reiner. Now it's time to determening the best quote from This Is Spinal Tap with the help of your votes.

What are your favorite lines? One memorable line from This Is Spinal Tap was when David St. Hubbins said, "He died in a bizarre gardening accident." Another great line from This Is Spinal Tap is, "Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not really widely reported." also spoken by David St. Hubbins who was played by Michael McKean.

Vote up the memorable quotes from This Is Spinal Tap that you want to see at the top of the list, regardless of which character they come from.

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    Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...

    Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

    Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

    Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?

    Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

    Marty DiBergi: I don't know.

    Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

    Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

    Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

    Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

    Nigel Tufnel: [pause]  These go to eleven.


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    Gardening Accident

    David St. Hubbins: He died in a bizarre gardening accident...

    Nigel Tufnel: Authorities said... best leave it... unsolved.

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    Understate The Hugeness

    David St. Hubbins: I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf. Alright? That tended to understate the hugeness of the object.

    Ian Faith: I really think you're just making much too big a thing out of it.

    Derek Smalls: Making a big thing out of it would have been a good idea.

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    Let's Boogey

    Marty DiBergi: Hello; my name is Marty DiBergi. I'm a filmmaker. I make a lot of commercials. That little dog that chases the covered wagon underneath the sink? That was mine. In 1966, I went down to Greenwich Village, New York City to a rock club called Electric Banana. Don't look for it; it's not there anymore. But that night, I heard a band that for me redefined the word "rock and roll". I remember being knocked out by their... their exuberance, their raw power - and their punctuality. That band was Britain's now-legendary Spinal Tap. Seventeen years and fifteen albums later, Spinal Tap is still going strong. And they've earned a distinguished place in rock history as one of England's loudest bands. So in the late fall of 1982, when I heard that Tap was releasing a new album called "Smell the Glove", and was planning their first tour of the United States in almost six years to promote that album, well needless to say I jumped at the chance to make the documentary - the, if you will, "rockumentary" - that you're about to see. I wanted to capture the... the sights, the sounds... the smells of a hard-working rock band, on the road. And I got that; I got more... a lot more. But hey, enough of my yakkin'; whaddaya say? Let's boogie!

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