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Almost Famous (2000)

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

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22 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Something Real  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,314,646 (USA) (15 September 2000)

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$32,522,352 (USA) (23 March 2001)
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When the band finds out that William is using "everything" in his Rolling Stone article, Jeff Bebe wears a T-shirt that says "Jeff Bebe" on it, but the picture above it is of Russell Hammond. This is a sly allusion to the feud between them, and ties into the line from the "Untitled" version where Jeff says to Russell, "I'm the you they get when they can't have you." See more »

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When the band leaves Jeff Bebe behind at the gas station, as he runs towards the bus a Discover Card logo is visible on the sign above him. Discover Card was first issued in 1985. 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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In the special edition DVD the extended cut of the film is renamed "Untitled". See more »

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Referenced in All Access: The Making of 'Almost Famous' (2000) See more »

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Small Time Blues
Written & Performed by Pete Droge
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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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