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Christopher Gore (written by)
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Release Date:
16 May 1980 (USA) See more »
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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 5 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'
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Thomas Dekker seeks 'Fame'
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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)

Holland Taylor ... Claudia van Doren (uncredited)
Tony Then ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kimi Wong ... The Transylvanians (archive footage) (uncredited)
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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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Runtime:
134 min
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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:
The school is based on the real-life Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. It is a public school, and therefore available to any New York City high school student who successfully auditions.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bruno is in the taxi with his dad, the back window keeps changing from fogged up to clear.See more »
Quotes:
Shorofsky:No! No! No! Hold the bow like this! Not like this! This isn't your dick you're holding! It's a violin bow! Hold it with respect, like...
Bruno Martelli:...Your dick?
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Soundtrack:
The Way We WereSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Too obnoxious to care about, 24 December 2009
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Although the traditional cinema musical, generally based upon a successful Broadway show, went into something of a decline in the late seventies and eighties, this period saw the rise of a new musical genre based around dance and pop music. Like "Saturday Night Fever" and its sequel "Staying Alive", "Flashdance", "Grease" and "Dirty Dancing", "Fame" is an example of this trend. The original title for the film was, apparently, to have been "Hot Lunch ", but this had to be changed when director Alan Parker realised that there was already a pornographic film with the same title. The change was doubtless one for the better; I cannot really imagine Irene Cara singing "Hot Lunch! I'm Gonna Live Forever!"

The film follows a group of students through their studies at the New York High School of Performing Arts, which was a real institution at the time. It is split into sections entitled "Auditions", "Freshman Year", "Sophomore Year", "Junior Year" and "Senior Year", and hence takes place over a time-span of some four years. The opening scenes have something of the feel of a "fly on the wall" documentary about them, As the film progresses we get to know the various students and something of their stories. New York, of course, is a famously multi-ethnic city, and the film-makers were obviously keen to reflect this racial diversity by including at least one representative of most of the city's various ethnic groups (Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Black, Irish and WASP).

Dance student Leroy Johnson struggles with his academic work, which at this school is given equal weighting with performance, because he is illiterate. Lisa Monroe, another dance student, is dismissed from the course for not working hard enough, and switches to the drama department. Montgomery MacNeil, a drama student, comes out as gay, probably a more daring plot-line in 1980 than it would be today, when it is virtually compulsory for every high school drama to have a token gay character. I wondered if his Christian name was a reference to the gay film star Montgomery Clift.

Raul Garcia, an aspiring stand-up comic, prefers to be called Ralph Garcey in order to hide his Puerto Rican background. His great ambition is to be the next Freddie Prinze- not the future Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who would only have been four years old in 1980, but his father Freddie senior, another Puerto Rican comedian who died in 1977. Unfortunately Ralph seems to feel that the best way of achieving this ambition is to ape Prinze's self-destructive lifestyle.

"Fame" was clearly popular in the early eighties, spawning a television series and a stage musical. That irritatingly catchy theme song provided Cara with a huge chart hit. The basic concept is obviously still thought to be a viable one, because there has been a recent remake (which I have not seen). Yet like many of the musicals of this period, although not perhaps as much as the likes of "Saturday Night Fever", the original film seems rather dated today. (The one which seems to have held up the best is "Grease", probably because that was always intended as a defiantly deliberate anachronism, being twenty years behind the times even when it is made).

The song-and-dance numbers are lively enough, even if the music is not always to my personal taste. Yet there are other reasons, quite apart from its old-fashioned feel, why "Fame" is not my favourite film. One is that, despite the film's apparent aim of celebrating New York's ethnic diversity, too many characters are seen in terms of ethnic stereotypes. (African-Americans are bolshie with a bad attitude, Hispanics ditto, Jewish mothers are domineering and over-protective, etc.)

Another reason I didn't like the film much is that too many of the characters are just too obnoxious to care about. I would agree with the reviewer who found Ralph a "boorish self-centred jerk" but unlike that reviewer I found several of the other characters equally unpleasant. I could not sympathise with the bad-tempered, petulant Leroy and his frequent outbursts of rage, mostly directed at his long-suffering English teacher. Nor with Ralph's girlfriend Doris Finsecker, as keen to deny her Jewish identity as he is to deny his Hispanic one. (She renames herself "Dominique DuPont", largely because she knows this will annoy her mother). Nor with the bone-idle Lisa.

Irene Cara's character Coco Hernandez is difficult to sympathise with for another reason; not because she is a jerk but because she seems too naive to be true. She is taken advantage of by a man posing as a film director who offers her a "screen test"; she turns up at his apartment even though he is played as an obviously sleazy sexual predator. (Had he seemed more plausible this plot line would have had more credibility). Montgomery is one of the film's few likable characters, but the film does not concentrate on his story to any great extent. He largely functions as the school's kindly agony uncle, a shoulder for his heterosexual classmates to cry on.

My final complaint about the film is that there are too many main characters. Even the film's two and a half hour running time is inadequate to do justice to all these stories, some of which could have provided enough material for a whole film in their own right, and few of them are fully developed. Alan Parker has made some excellent films, including "Mississippi Burning" and "Evita", but "Fame" is not really one of them. It is perhaps ironic for a film with this particular title that few of its stars, except Cara, went on to achieve any great fame of their own. 5/10

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