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FM (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 April 1978 (USA)
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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Prince
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Eric Swan
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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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A Now Story With Now Music! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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PG | See all certifications »
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20 April 1978 (USA)  »

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FM - dit program  »

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Often believed to be the inspiration for the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), but in fact the pilot for that show was filmed before this film's release. See more »

Goofs

The t-shirt Dugan after he gets out of bed early in the movie has the word "Hello" on the front but "Goodby" on the back, instead of "Goodbye". See more »

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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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Life's Been Good
Written and performed by Joe Walsh
Courtesy of ASYLUM Records
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kick off your high heel sneakers
30 April 2008 | by (hiding under my seat) – See all my reviews

FM is kind of silly and broad... the characters are two-dimensional weirdos out of a TV sitcom, and the plot feels paint-by-numbers. Despite this, the movie is quite charming and for me, poignant, because it manages to capture something about the now-departed era when rock music and FM radio were a cultural force to be reckoned with. In a time when music listeners are far more likely to be isolated in their iPod headphones, it's somewhat painful to realize what has been lost in music in terms of the communal listening experience that a locally-run, idiosyncratic radio station provided. When the plot briefly passes through the Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard --- now as lost to the ages as the library at Alexandria --- you are confronted with the fact that the entire culture of rock n' roll that many of us grew up with at the center of our lives -- radio, record stores, and arena concerts -- is essentially a thing of the past. Even though this isn't a great movie, it does a great job of taking you back in time to that era.

The soundtrack is pretty middle of the road, but it's good to hear songs that the years have ground into mush briefly re-contextualized into their natural habitat. I can't think of a better way to hear a lot of late 70's radio fodder ("Baby Come Back"; Billy Joel) than within the confines of this movie.


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