MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 3,990 this week

Fame (1980)

 -  Drama | Music | Musical  -  16 May 1980 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 14,346 users  
Reviews: 97 user | 44 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Related News

'Fame' remake lines up cast
| The Hollywood Reporter
Dekker Slated to Find 'Fame'
| WENN
Thomas Dekker seeks 'Fame'
| The Hollywood Reporter

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 17 Jun 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 12 Jul 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 20 Oct 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Fame" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fame (1980)

Fame (1980) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fame.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Portraying one of the shadier details of American history, this is the story of Jack McGurn, who comes to Los Angeles in 1936. He gets a job at a movie theatre in Little Tokyo and falls in ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono
Flashdance (1983)
Drama | Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala
Birdy (1984)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The travails of Jimmy Rabbitte to form the "World's Hardest Working Band," The Commitments, and bring soul music to the people of Dublin, Ireland.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball
Evita (1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas
Animation | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early 20th century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen
Fame L.A. (1997–1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Danny Wooten, William R. Moses, Heidi Lenhart
Fame (TV Movie 1978)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A waiter becomes a sudden overnight success as a playwright, and then begins negotiations with an Italian movie director to turn his play into a film. The results are unexpected.

Director: Marc Daniels
Stars: Richard Benjamin, José Ferrer, Raf Vallone
No Hard Feelings (TV Movie 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A couple falls in love during the most intensive period of the German bombing of London in World War II. A companion piece to Parker's previous film The Evacuees (1975).

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Joe Gladwin, Kate Williams, Anthony Allen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Lisa
Antonia Franceschi ...
Hilary
...
Michael
...
...
Steve Inwood ...
François Lafete
...
...
...
Miss Berg
Barry Miller ...
...
Farrell
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Remember my name... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 6,345,426 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first film in the history of the Academy Awards to have two songs nominated in the Best Song category. The nominated songs were the title song, written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford and "Out Here On My Own" written by Michael and Lesley Gore. The title song won. It has since happened several times. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in various people's glasses. See more »

Quotes

Doris: I HATE Ralph Garci! I must remember this feeling and use it in my acting!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in ER: Secrets and Lies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
It builds up--and then insults--its own characters
11 September 2004 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Fame", about teenage kids in Manhattan's School for the Performing Arts, looks right, feels right, and it sometimes sounds right--but too soon the film becomes a muddled soap opera about talented children reaching too far for their stars. The large cast does good work, and director Alan Parker has alert eyes, but sharper editing might have left some of Parker's pretensions out of the mix. After one student admits to being homosexual (not just once, to a girl student, but twice, to his entire class and teacher), he is seen in tight close-up putting on lipstick; this is done for a sniggering effect, which is stupefying once you realize the ENTIRE CLASS is dolled-up to look like characters from "Rocky Horror". The gay kid, bullied by the class loudmouth, isn't the only one we see humiliated. This manufactured slapping-down is then used several more times, against the promising disco queen, the wealthy white ballerina, the talkative dancer, the stand-up comedian, and the illiterate who may not graduate because of his failing grades. It's a big, smelly cart full of aged clichés. If people respond, it's due to the cinematography (which captures some of New York's squalor and dusty classrooms with a bracing realism), the propulsive soundtrack, and the cynical-funny talk. The characters are quite a different matter; probably resembling no real student at the actual school, they are plot-mechanisms, their pitfalls punctuated by a director who can almost be heard saying, "Look! See!" ** from ****


23 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The remake looks horrible luks-11
How the hell did Leroy get past first year?? royal_blue
Favorite Scene maggiemoon83
Dated thomas-jorgensen
abortion scene madison_70
Why Is This Film Rated 'R' ? greenactoral
Discuss Fame (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?