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Fame (1980)

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director:

Alan Parker
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Barth ... Angelo
Irene Cara ... Coco
Lee Curreri ... Bruno
Laura Dean ... Lisa
Antonia Franceschi ... Hilary
Boyd Gaines ... Michael
Albert Hague ... Shorofsky
Tresa Hughes ... Mrs. Finsecker
Steve Inwood Steve Inwood ... François Lafete
Paul McCrane ... Montgomery
Anne Meara ... Mrs. Sherwood
Joanna Merlin ... Miss Berg
Barry Miller ... Ralph
Jim Moody ... Farrell
Gene Anthony Ray ... Leroy
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Storyline

At the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, students get specialized training that often leads to success as actors, singers, etc. This movie follows eight students from the time when they audition to get into the school, through graduation. Among these are the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Ralph Garcy. Written by Reid Gagle

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If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The U.K. premiere of 'Fame' was on 23 July 1980 at the Empire cinema, Leicester Square. As well as the film's director, Alan Parker, other attendees included Lynsey De Paul, Diana Dors, Bob Geldof, Paula Yates, Bonnie Langford, Ernie Wise and his wife Doreen Blythe, Patrick Mower, Robin Cousins, Jenny Agutter, Robert Powell and Barbara Lord; Patricia Hayes; Irene Handl, Mel Brooks, Dora Bryan, Jennifer Beals, Leslie-Anne Down, Pete Townsend, Tim Rice, James Hunt and Suzi Hunt, Donald Sutherland, Joss Ackland, Simon McCorkindale, Fiona Fullerton, Lulu, Hazel O'Connor and Aimi Mcdonald. See more »

Goofs

When the kids spying on the girls break the pipe, the pipe comes off of the wall. In the next shot it's fixed back on. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: They are looking for your type for a movie.
Doris Finsecker: What's my type?
Ralph: Well, you know, your type! Your type, Irishy, Jewishy, paranoid.
Doris Finsecker: What's the name of this movie?
Ralph: "I Was A Teenage Fag Hag".
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Alternate Versions

Runs 133 minutes long on Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED), also commonly known as RCA Selectavision Videodisc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw of Gor (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way We Were
(1973) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Performed by Maureen Teefy
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User Reviews

Fame! I'm going to live forever. I'm going to learn how to fly.
3 July 2000 | by PinkBubblesSee all my reviews

I LOVE this movie.

It is way too bad they don't make movies like this any more, and that teenagers are more amazed by a bunch of trashy movies with big name actors and big time special effects, but not big time plots and characters.

I'm 15 years old, a teenager in the "nothing 90's" (oh, so it's 2000 now, who gives a care?), and being a lover of musicals, 80's high school movies (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc.) and those sort of things, I was recommended this by a "Fame fanatic", my aunt.

I knew after the audition scenes that this was a perfect movie for me. It follows the lives of tear-jerkingly believable characters of several different backgrounds. I laughed, I cried, and I bought the soundtrack. The acting is so excellent that the first time I saw it, I'd forgotten that these were not real living, flesh people, only actors.

There a some flaws, however. There are a few gaps in some of the characters, and the movie should have went on for another 30 minutes, although it was already about 2 hours and 30 minutes (which it didn't feel like). It is also outdated, and you sometimes can't help but laugh at how much it is.

If you've never seen this movie, and you are a fan of musicals, arts, and realistic teenage movies, run, don't walk, to a local video store.

Hopefully, Fame will truly live forever!

My rating: **** (out of 5 *'s)


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,160, 18 May 1980

Gross USA:

$21,202,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,202,829
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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