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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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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:

R | See all certifications »

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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

During the scene where the kids dance to the song 'Fame' on the street over the cars, the song hadn't actually been written at the time. On location, the actual song used was 'Hot Stuff' by Donna Summer. This song was chosen because the beats were similar to the proposed song and the dancers moved their bodies in a similar fashion so it fit quite nicely. See more »

Goofs

When Coco gets out of the taxi and pretends to go into the hotel, the pavement goes from dry, to completely wet. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Sherwood: In the future, Mr. Johnson, I'd like you to leave your ghetto blaster at home, please.
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Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Moon Over Isla Island (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Dogs in the Yard
(1976)
Music and Lyrics by Dominic Bugatti and Frank Musker
Sung by Paul McCrane (uncredited)
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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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