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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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Drama | Music | Musical


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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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(as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Four of the film's stars - Gene Anthony Ray, Lee Curreri, Albert Hague and Debbie Allen - went on to reprise their roles in the follow-up smash hit TV series of the same name, Fame (1982). See more »


When the kids spying on the girls break the pipe, the pipe comes off of the wall. In the next shot it's fixed back on. See more »


Angelo: [Starts playing his son's tape on top of loudspeakers on his cab] My son's music! My son Bruno, Bruno Martelli, he wrote the music! Today 46th street, tomorrow Madison Square Garden!
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Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Maureen Teefy
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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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