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FM (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  20 April 1978 (USA)
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Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. It has led them to a ratings success. The interesting radio... See full summary »

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Jeff Dugan
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Mother
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Doc Holiday
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Prince
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Eric Swan
Cassie Yates ...
Laura Coe
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Carl Billings
Jay Fenichel ...
Bobby Douglas
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Lt. Reach
Joe Smith ...
Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey ...
Regis Lamar
Janet Brandt ...
Alice
Mary Torrey ...
Cathy
Roberta Wallach ...
Shari Smith
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Michael J. Carlyle
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Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. It has led them to a ratings success. The interesting radio personalities include: Jeff Dugan, rebellious head of the radio station; Mother, who is burned out from being a DJ; Eric Swan, a self centered romantic who wants more than just being a DJ; The Prince of Darkness, the hip night DJ; and Laura Coe, the easy-going type. The movie focuses on the battle between Jeff and his corporate bosses, who want more advertising and less music. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Much of the plot of the movie is about the management of the station resisting the push to change to stations format to include more commercials than music. Tom Petty, who has a cameo in the film, fought his own battle against his recorded label over the album "Hard Promises". The album had been given the superstar price of $9.89, versus $8.98. Petty balked at the change, threatening to hold up the album's release.

Much like the characters in FM, this stand won Petty a loyal fan base standing behind him in support. See more »

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The QSKY call letters are not valid in the US. US radio station start with either W (generally eastern) or K (western). See more »

Quotes

Eric Swan: What the hell are you doing in here?
Regis Lamar: I'm Regis Lamar, from Chicago.
Eric Swan: Hell! I don't give a shit if you're the Messiah from Jerusalem come here to make my life perfect! Nobody walks in this booth when I am making my art. Nobody!
Regis Lamar: [quietly] Sorry.
Eric Swan: Jesus Christ!
[chuckles]
Eric Swan: Jesus Christ.
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There's A Place In The World For A Gambler
Written and performed by Dan Fogelberg
Courtesy of FULL MOON Records and EPIC Records
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Now a nostalgic look back at 70's rock radio
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A film with a great soundtrack of the late 70's rock era although it belies the lyrics from the title song where Steely Dan sings about setting the mood for getting it on with a girl with funk and reggae because there is no funk or reggae in the movie. The film has a simple premise in the radio station staff rebels over the commercialization of what is a commercialized business to begin with. This is not a public or college station but regular commercial station but they take on the corporate world in a strike against the stations plans to be top 40 rock rather than free-form album rock with non-stop music and enlist their listeners help in their fight against the man. Despite this most of the songs in the movie aren't deep album cut album rock but mostly top 40 rock single releases. It does feature a great soundtrack in music by Steely Dan, The Eagles, Boston, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Joe Walsh, The Doobie Brothers, Queen, Billy Joel, Walter Egan, Foreigner, Reo Speedwagon, and concert footage of Jimmy Buffett and Linda Ronstadt. A good cast which includes Eileen Brenna, Martin Mull, Clevon Little, Michael Brandon, Alex Karas and James Keach. There are some moments of good satirical comedy but kind of weak as a story but that's OK because it's fun ride in a rambling sort of way. David Myers is the film's cinematographer who compiled quite a resume in the 70's in music films and documentaries photographing Woodstock, Mads Dogs & Englishmen, The Grateful Dead, Soul to soul, Wattstax, Elvis on Tour and Renaldo & Clara. John Alonzo directs in his first and only theatrical film. He did go on to direct a couple of made-for TV movies but he had been a cinematographer and returned to photographing films. He had been a cinematographer on such films as Vanishing Point, Harold & Maude, sounder, Lady Sings the Blues and Chinatown and continued filming up until his death with such films as Scarface, Star Trek: Generations, Steel Magnolias and Cool World. although not a great film, this movie is worth a look. It debuted on screens in the spring of 1978 and is a great snapshot and soundtrack of the late 70's rock radio. I would give it a 7.0 out of 10.


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