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

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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 four students from the time when they audition to get into the school, through graduation. They are the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Raul Garcia. 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 »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

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Hot Lunch  »

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$21 (USA) (2 January 1981)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The school is based on the real-life Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. It is a public school, and therefore available to any New York City high school student who successfully auditions. See more »

Goofs

While Bruno is talking to his father who is driving the taxi cab, Bruno's father is shown turning the steering wheel left, but the background shows that the car is turning right. See more »

Quotes

Hilary van Doren: You see, I was offered this place in the San Francisco Ballet. I haven't told anyone yet, but I'm gonna take it. I don't care what they think. I'm a good dancer. Better than good. Maybe even the best in the school. And that's not conceit, it's just simple honesty. If I stay in New York, everyone will think I bought my way into ABT. And I'm not starving myself for Balanchine's City Ballet. Not that I mind doing the corps de ballet bullshit. I'd sooner do it out of town. I'll pay my dues on the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Cupid: Pilot (1998) 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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Story about potential.
20 April 2001 | by (Midnight MovieLand) – See all my reviews

This movie showcases a LOT of incredible talent. Fantastic performances throughout. The movie also is a great story about potential and how people use, abuse or ignore it in themselves. This is a story about students who look like they are all headed for fame and fortune. It shows the pitfalls along the way. We learn that talent is not enough. We also learn that many fall short and give up along the way. As an adult who was a teenager back when this movie first came out, it is a very bittersweet look at potential in us all and has us examine what we did with it in our lives, are we where we thought we would be? Yes, this movie is dated, it is over 20 years old, it HAS to be in some regard. But the story is timeless and will rank among classics of teenage movies and also always have a warm spot in the hearts of adults who grew up in the era. Highly recommended. Would make a great double feature with "Gold Diggers of 1933" just to show contrast and to see how Broadway has changed over the years.


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