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 overview, first billed only:
Antonia Franceschi ...
Steve Inwood ...
François Lafete
Miss Berg


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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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch  »

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$21 (USA) (2 January 1981)

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1.85 : 1
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The monologue that Montgomery performs during his audition ("I always worry that maybe people aren't going to like me, when I go to a party. Isn't that crazy? Do you ever get kind of a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach . . .") is from the 1957 play "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" by William Inge. In the play, the lines belong to the character Sammy Goldenbaum. See more »


When everyone is dancing in the street, a man in a yellow and black striped shirt changes from dancing on the street, to suddenly dancing on a car. See more »


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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »


I Sing The Body Electric
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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The last of the 70's movies
27 August 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'Fame' (1980) is brilliant. It's got all these qualities that made the late 70's movies so great. It is proud of its directness and not ashamed of being over the top.

What really matters here, is the journey, not the destination. Ignorant idiots with soap opera mentality, will never realize that 'Fame' is about the struggles, anxieties and triumphs of these young people, not about their careers.

Ironically enough, none of the very talented actors of 'Fame' made it in Hollywood. 'Fame' marked the end of an era. The end of artistic freedom and experimentation and the beginning of commercialization and political correctness. It's the last statement of a generation that had a voice of its own.


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