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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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Cast

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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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If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,160, 18 May 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21, 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

Original title for the movie was to be "Hot Lunch," but because an X-rated movie on release at the time had the same title, the production opted for "Fame" instead. See more »

Goofs

When Angelo punches the truck driver on the jaw, the trucker's hat comes off as the fight starts. The hat reappears on his head later in the fight. See more »

Quotes

Coco Hernandez: I'm a professional. A few unkind words aren't going to bother me. I know its not going to be all standing ovations.
Hilary van Doren: Certainly not for you, my dear.
Coco Hernandez: Look, I'm not my dear! You can f*ck my dear.
Hilary van Doren: Well, thank you.
[Looks at Leroy]
Hilary van Doren: That might be fun.
Coco Hernandez: That might be impossible. He's not into vanilla.
Hilary van Doren: Might be a nice change, from black cherry.
Coco Hernandez: The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice, honey.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) 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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User Reviews

Story about potential.
20 April 2001 | by 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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