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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)

Opening Weekend:

$2,314,646 (USA) (17 September 2000)

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$32,534,850 (USA)
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Trivia

Penny Lane dancing in the empty, debris-strewn Cleveland auditorium is Cameron Crowe's favorite scene in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When William calls the desk to report Penny's 'accident' with some Quaaludes, a close-up shows the Quaalude Bottle. The label should say Rorer (Pharmaceuticals), not 'Lemmon'. The Lemmon Company didn't make Quaaludes until 1978. See more »

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[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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This motion picture is a work of fiction. The character "Penny Lane" is loosely based on an actual person. Most of the other characters in this photoplay, and all events, are fictitious." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Semifinal 3 (2010) See more »

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Wishing Well
Written by John Bundrick (as Johnny Bundrick), Paul Kossoff, Simon Kirke, Tetsu Yamauchi (as Tetsy Yamauchi) & Paul Rodgers
Performed by Free
Courtesy of A&M Records / Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great film...buy the Director's Cut DVD!
26 December 2003 | by (Wigan, England) – See all my reviews

There are two things that make this film one of the best made in the last few years- characters and music. I am personally not a big fan of 70s music, but it is used very well in this film, most of my favourite scenes are made all the more memorable by the music, which includes America (Simon & Garfunkel), Tiny Dancer, Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters (both Elton John), River (Joni Mitchell) Paranoid (Black Sabbath) and Feel Flows (The Beach Boys) Most of the actors and actresses in this film give the performance of their lives, Frances McDormand being especially comical as William's mother, and many of the best moments are all hers. William himself has an endearing quality about him to the audience, and I'm surprised I haven't seen Patrick Fugit in any other films since this one. A great film, and the Directors Cut DVD is well worth the money, especially for those of you (like me) who had previously only watched the UK version.


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