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Director:
Writer:
Christopher Gore (written by)
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Release Date:
16 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got. See more »
Plot:
A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
'Fame' remake lines up cast
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 9 October 2008, 7:00 PM, PDT)

Dekker Slated to Find 'Fame'
 (From WENN. 30 September 2008, 6:40 PM, PDT)

Thomas Dekker seeks 'Fame'
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 29 September 2008, 7:00 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Fame! I'm going to live forever. I'm going to learn how to fly. See more (97 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eddie Barth ... Angelo

Irene Cara ... Coco

Lee Curreri ... Bruno

Laura Dean ... Lisa
Antonia Franceschi ... Hilary

Boyd Gaines ... Michael

Albert Hague ... Shorofsky

Tresa Hughes ... Mrs. Finsecker
Steve Inwood ... François Lafete

Paul McCrane ... Montgomery

Anne Meara ... Mrs. Sherwood

Joanna Merlin ... Miss Berg
Barry Miller ... Ralph

Jim Moody ... Farrell

Gene Anthony Ray ... Leroy

Maureen Teefy ... Doris

Debbie Allen ... Lydia

Richard Belzer ... M.C.
Frank Bongiorno ... Truck Driver
Bill Britten ... Mr. England
Eric Brockington ... Plump Eric
Nicholas Bunin ... Bunsky
Cindy Canuelas ... Cindy
Nora Cotrone ... Topless Student
Mbewe Escobar ... Phenicia
Gennadi Filimonov ... Violinist (as Gennady Filimonov)

Victor of Aquitaine ... Harvey Finsecker (as Victor Fischbarg)
Penny Frank ... Dance Teacher
Willie Henry Jr. ... Bathroom Student
Steve Hollander ... Drama Student (as Steven Hollander)
Sang Kim ... Oriental Violinist
Darrell Kirkman ... Richard III
Judith L'Heureux ... Nurse
Ted Lambert ... Drama Student
Nancy Lee ... Oriental Student
Sarah Malament ... Dance Accompanist
James Manis ... Bruno's Uncle
Carol Massenburg ... Shirley

Isaac Mizrahi ... Touchstone
Raquel Mondin ... Ralph's Sister
Alba Oms ... Ralph's Mother
Frank Oteri ... Schlepstein
Traci Parnell ... Hawaiian Dancer
Sal Piro ... Rocky Horror M.C.
Lesley Quickley ... Towering Inferno Student (as Leslie Quickley)
Ray Ramirez ... Father Morales
Loris Sallahian ... Drama Student
Ilse Sass ... Mrs. Tossoff
Dawn Steinberg ... Monitor on Stairs
Jonathan Strasser ... Orchestra Conductor
Yvette Torres ... Ralph's Little Sister

F.X. Vitolo ... Frankie (as Frank X. Vitolo)
Stefanie Zimmerman ... Dance Teacher
Tracy Burnett ... Principal Dancer
Greg De Jean ... Principal Dancer (as Greg DeJean)
Laura Delano ... Principal Dancer

Michael DeLorenzo ... Principal Dancer
Aaron Dugger ... Principal Dancer
Neisha Folkes-LeMelle ... Principal Dancer (as Neisha Folkes)
Karen Ford ... Principal Dancer
Robin Gray ... Principal Dancer
Hazel Green ... Principal Dancer
Eva Grubler ... Principal Dancer
Patrick King ... Principal Dancer
Cynthia Lochard ... Principal Dancer
Julian Montenaire ... Principal Dancer
Holly Reeve ... Principal Dancer
Kate Snyder ... Principal Dancer

Meg Tilly ... Principal Dancer
Louis Venosta ... Principal Dancer
Philip Wright ... Principal Dancer
Ranko Yokoyana ... Principal Dancer
Adam Abeshouse ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Yvette D. Carrington ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Fima Ephron ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Anthony Evans ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Crystal Garner ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Lisa Herman ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Thais Hockaday ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Karen Hoppe ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Frankie Laino ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
April Lang ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Richard Latimer ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Lisa Lowell ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Ann Marie McDermott ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Kerry McDermott ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Maureen McDermott ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Josh Melville ... Principal Musician and Vocalist

Peter Rafelson ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Ann Roboff ... Principal Musician and Vocalist (as Anne Roboff)
Boris Slutsky ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
Alan Vetter ... Principal Musician and Vocalist

Evan Weinstein ... Principal Musician and Vocalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Perry Bedden ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Christopher Biggins ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Judith Blaylock ... Dancer (uncredited)

Barry Bostwick ... Brad Majors - A Hero (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gaye Brown ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gregory Buchalter ... Violinist (uncredited)
Ishaq Bux ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stephen Calcutt ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jeanne Carr ... Trombonist (uncredited)
Hugh Cecil ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Imogen Claire ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rufus Collins ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sadie Corre ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guido Corte ... Man in Airport (uncredited)
Tony Cowan ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donna Edge-Rachell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fran Fullenwider ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nancy Gilliam ... Extra (uncredited)

Charles Gray ... The Criminologist - An Expert (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lindsay Ingram ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peggy Ledger ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Annabel Leventon ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anthony Milner ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard O'Brien ... Riff Raff - A Handyman (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pamela Obermeyer ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)

Patricia Quinn ... Magenta - A Domestic (archive footage) (uncredited)

Douglas Rowan ... Rocky Horror 'Dr. Frank-N-Furter' (uncredited)
Karen Starr ... Dancer (uncredited)

Holland Taylor ... Claudia van Doren (uncredited)
Tony Then ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kimi Wong ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Parker 
 
Writing credits
Christopher Gore (written by)

Produced by
David De Silva .... producer
Alan Marshall .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Gore 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Seresin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling (edited by)
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer (casting)
Jeremy Ritzer (casting)
 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kirkland 
 
Art Direction by
Ed Wittstein 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
 
Costume Design by
Kristi Zea 
 
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... hairdresser (as Joseph G. Coscia)
Joe Cuervo .... makeup (as Joseph Cuervo)
 
Production Management
David Golden .... unit production manager
Candace Suerstedt .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert F. Colesberry .... first assistant director
Ray Greenfield .... second assistant director (as Raymond L. Greenfield)
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director (as Joe Ray)
 
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Caracciolo)
David Coleman .... property master (uncredited)
Richard Shelton .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Arthur Bloom .... recordist
Jerry Bruck .... stereo consultant
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Jay M. Harding .... rerecording mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... rerecording mixer
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Aaron Rochin .... rerecording mixer
Thomas Scott .... consultant: Dolby (as Tom Scott)
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Robert Davenport .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
James Fenton .... sound crew chief (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Colette Alexander .... stunts (uncredited)
Sandy Alexander .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer
Joseph F. Coffey .... camera operator
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant cameraman (as William Gerardo)
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant cameraman (as Vincent Gerardo)
Martin Nallan .... key grip (as Marty Nallan)
LeRoy Patton .... first cameraman: New York (as Leroy Patton)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Frank Schulz .... gaffer (as Frank O. Schulz)
John Stanier .... camera operator
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Billy Kerwick .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Sandi Sissel .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Margery Simkin .... special casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Craine .... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Beverly Cycon .... wardrobe supervisor: women's
Thelma Gregory .... wardrobe supervisor: women's (as Thelma S. Gregory)
Ellen Mirojnick .... assistant costume designer
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stefna Borges .... assistant editor (as Stefna Smal)
Terry Busby .... assistant editor
Jack Gardner .... assistant editor
Leonard Green .... assistant editor
Michael B. Hoggan .... additional editor: L.A.
Norman Hollyn .... assistant editor
Eddy Joseph .... assistant editor
Yoshio Kishi .... additional editor: N.Y.
Glenn Cunningham .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chuck Irwin .... music recording engineer
Don Brooks .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Norman Hollyn .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain (as Whitey McEvoy)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Adler .... assistant: Mr. Parker and Mr. Marshall
Arlene Albertson .... production office coordinator
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor
Louis Falco .... choreography by
William Gornell .... assistant choreographer
John Kane .... unit publicist: Solters & Roskin, Inc.
Ellie Linas .... production auditor
Angela Micklesburgh .... producer's assistant
Grant Harper Reid .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Lynda Van Damm .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paddy Chayefsky .... acknowledgement: excerpt from "Marty" courtesy of
Bruce Jay Friedman .... acknowledgement: excerpt from "Steambath" by
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
134 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was the first film in the history of the Academy Awards to have two songs nominated in the Best Song category. The nominated songs were the title song, written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford and "Out Here On My Own" written by Michael and Lesley Gore. The title song won. It has since happened several times.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lisa is talking with Miss Berg, Miss Berg goes to wash her hands. After she dries them, the washroom door keeps changing how far open it is.See more »
Quotes:
Montgomery McNeil:'A pie in the face comes with the job.' That's what my mom says; she should know.
Doris Finsecker:I don't get it.
Montgomery McNeil:A real artist must never be afraid of what other people are gonna say about him.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rabid Love (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Way We WereSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is "Fame" based on a book?
What did Doris mean when she said to Michael: "See you at Schwab's"?
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Fame! I'm going to live forever. I'm going to learn how to fly., 3 July 2000
Author: PinkBubbles from Ottawa, Canada

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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