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Fame (1980)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  16 May 1980 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch  »

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SEK 6,345,426 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


While Bruno is talking to his father who is driving the taxi cab, Bruno's father is shown turning the steering wheel left, but the background shows that the car is turning right. See more »


Leroy Johnson: I's young, I's single, and I loves to mingle!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.150 (2013) See more »


Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Performed by Irene Cara (uncredited)
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Fame! I'm going to live forever. I'm going to learn how to fly.
3 July 2000 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

I LOVE this movie.

It is way too bad they don't make movies like this any more, and that teenagers are more amazed by a bunch of trashy movies with big name actors and big time special effects, but not big time plots and characters.

I'm 15 years old, a teenager in the "nothing 90's" (oh, so it's 2000 now, who gives a care?), and being a lover of musicals, 80's high school movies (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc.) and those sort of things, I was recommended this by a "Fame fanatic", my aunt.

I knew after the audition scenes that this was a perfect movie for me. It follows the lives of tear-jerkingly believable characters of several different backgrounds. I laughed, I cried, and I bought the soundtrack. The acting is so excellent that the first time I saw it, I'd forgotten that these were not real living, flesh people, only actors.

There a some flaws, however. There are a few gaps in some of the characters, and the movie should have went on for another 30 minutes, although it was already about 2 hours and 30 minutes (which it didn't feel like). It is also outdated, and you sometimes can't help but laugh at how much it is.

If you've never seen this movie, and you are a fan of musicals, arts, and realistic teenage movies, run, don't walk, to a local video store.

Hopefully, Fame will truly live forever!

My rating: **** (out of 5 *'s)

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