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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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Director: Alan Parker
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François Lafete
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Miss Berg
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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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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

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Hot Lunch  »

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$21 (USA) (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

A poster for the Broadway production of Evita can be seen in the background. Director Alan Parker would later direct the film version of Evita (1996), starring Madonna (who auditioned for this movie). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Miss Berg: Dance is the hardest department in the school.
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Connections

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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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The Game Of Fame
12 November 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Alan Parker's 'Fame' beautifully showcases college-life of eight aspiring artistes. Many seem to have a problem with the open ending and ponder on questions like what happened to Coco after the porn shoot or what happened to Ralph and Doris etc. However, I think this works well as it points to the uncertainty of their future as that's how life is. The point was to show their struggles during the college years and Parker captures that very well making it easy for the viewers to relate to and bringing a nostalgic feel.

'Fame' starts with some audition scenes which are hilarious. Then it shows which candidates are selected and that's when the story starts. Though it is labelled a musical drama, it doesn't follow the traditional musical genre. The songs do not appear out of nowhere. They are well situated within the context of the film and quite nice to listen to. 'Fame' also has that wild 70's feel. If this movie is the last of the 70s then it 'rounds' up the decade well.

The actors, most of them in their 20s, do a fine job. There are those who are shy, naive and afraid, those who are wacky, wild and a little reckless and those who put a front but all these characters are striving for their dream which is to become an artiste. The actors brilliantly demonstrate this. I particularly liked Barry Miller, Paul McCrane and Maureen Teefy who play the three close friends and Irene Cara who as the vulnerable singer Coco.

I had heard a lot about 'Fame' but I was under the impression that it would be a flimsy musical. I got a chance to watch it last night and I was certainly under the wrong impression. Even though many won't appreciate it, To me it is great.


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