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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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 »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch  »

Box Office

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

In its 2015 review of notable people who had died over the past year, "The Lives They Lived," the New York Times Magazine said that "Out Here on My Own," which Lesley Gore wrote with her brother Michael for this movie, later "became an anthem of empowerment for anyone who felt marginalized or discarded." See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Sherwood is arguing with Leroy about his homework, she wads up the same sheets of paper twice. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Horror Announcer: This is the show! If you don't like it, go to the one in Staten Island!
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Connections

Referenced in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I Sing The Body Electric
(1979)
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Arranged by Steve Margoshes
Performed by Laura Dean, Irene Cara, Paul McCrane, Traci Parnell, and Eric Brockington
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User Reviews

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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