For a moment in the 1980s, they hoped they'd become the heavy-metal band. Reality had other ideas, yet these Canadians kept on poundin' through decades of ignominy and, worse, anonymity. Sacha Gervasi's sweet doc is a Spinal Tap for losers who never give up dreaming.
(Anvil: The Story of Anvil is now showing in theaters. In the April 20 issue of TIME, it was incorrectly labeled a DVD)