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Almost Famous (2000)

 -  Drama | Music  -  13 September 2000 (USA)
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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

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William Miller is a 15 year old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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13 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Something Real  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£511,896 (UK) (9 February 2001)

Gross:

ESP 129,054,292 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

According to Cameron Crowe, he sent the script around town to see if he could get anyone to respond to it. Steven Spielberg, founder of Dreamworks, read Crowe's 172-page script over the weekend and called Crowe on Monday saying, "Direct every word". Crowe said he filmed almost all of the script. See more »

Goofs

When Russell is about to be interviewed in William's room, a shirt is on the chair Russell sits on. He turns the chair around and throws the shirt on the floor. In the next shot, the shirt reappears on the chair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elaine Miller: I can't believe you wanna be Atticus Finch. Oh, that makes me feel so good.
Young William: I like him.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, right when the 'vinyl records' credit comes up, you can hear a record player needle land on a record. There is a bit of fuzz, and the music kicks in. See more »

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References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

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Misty Mountain Hop
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Paul Jones
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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30 July 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

William has an overprotective mother, and his sister has already been driven away by her refusal to accept her children's ambitions and interests. William finds solace in his sister's music collection and begins to dream of a life as a rock journalist. At 15 William manages to land a assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to interview an up and coming band called Stillwater, and he quickly finds himself immersed in the life his mother so desperately wanted to protect him from.

And so the story begins, as William tours with the band, we are taken on a journey of mistrust, discovery, deceit and disappointment; interlaced with the hard truths about the bands lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, sex and music.

Almost Famous pulls no punches, and is a deep insight into the dream that became an ambition, that became a harsh reality.

Packed with top class performances all round and great music score Almost Famous delivers, and delivers with attitude and realism that is rarely captured on film.

A must see for Fans of the genre, but there's certainly enough here for everyone.

9/10


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