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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.

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Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen
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Cast

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Lisa
Antonia Franceschi ...
Hilary
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Michael
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Steve Inwood ...
François Lafete
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Miss Berg
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Farrell
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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 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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Taglines:

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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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch  »

Box Office

Gross:

$21 (USA) (2 January 1981)
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(as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alan Parker wanted a scene that showed Doris overcoming her fear and becoming an actress. He heard of the audience participation at the local screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and went to check it out. He loved it so much that he not only decided to use it in the film, he had many of the "cast" from the local screenings appear in the film, as the people doing the time-warp on stage when Doris runs up and joins them. See more »

Goofs

When François starts talking to Coco in the café, the donut on her plate and items on the bar next to her keep moving between shots. See more »

Quotes

Doris Finsecker: Everybody falls in love with their analyst! They have a word for it, don't they?
Montgomery McNeil: Yeah. Homosexual.
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Connections

References Chico and the Man (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Out Here On My Own
(1980)
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Lesley Gore
Performed by Irene Cara (uncredited)
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Brilliant movie
2 March 2006 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

I truly hate musicals because music numbers just start out of the sudden and usually spoil scenes, but this one is completely different - it's simply brilliant. Plot perhaps isn't any challenge for the viewers, but the simplicity of people life stories makes this movie great.

I've seen it at least dozen times and still I'm not tired with the plot, characters or music (I just love the soundtrack - it's the only soundtrack that I've really wanted to have and most probably will remain the only one that I owe).

For me it's a must-seen kind of movie, great characters compiled with entertaining songs and a lot of things to think about after the movie end.


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