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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 <>

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Something Real  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$32,522,352 (USA) (23 March 2001)

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Did You Know?


In the live Stillwater scenes, Ed Vallencourt playing a set of Ludwig Amber Vistalite drums. The see-through, acrylic drum sets were made popular in 1973 when John Bonham of Led Zeppelin first used them on the 'Houses of the Holy' tour. Other drummers used these sets on tours during the 1970s, including 'Keith Moon' of The Who and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. See more »


William Miller appears in underwear with the "Fruit of the Loom" name printed all around the waistband. That style was first produced in the 1990s. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Californication: In the Clouds (2013) See more »


Cortez the Killer
Written & Performed by Neil Young
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Wonderfuly captured piece of time that breaks the age barrier and pulls all generations in
23 September 2000 | by (Fresno CA) – See all my reviews

As I exited the movie theater after viewing Cameron Crows latest adventure, I was struggling with what to say to my date. As I didnt want to just sit there and say nothing, I was forced to due to so many feelings and thoughts about Almost Famous. Luckily, she felt the same way and so for a few moments we just sat there, staring off into the screen, wishing, wanting, and feeling for that movie. It was so nicely done. From the acting, brilliantly handled, to the directing, never camrons problem, down to the sets, costumes, audio, and other wonderfully placed visuals. Not only was the movie well thought out, but it became one of those rare films in which everyone, boy girl, man woman, could feel for at least one person, part, event. I would reccomend anyone I know to see this movie. It was a chance to take yourself away from your own problems and let you watch someone elses moving you all the way through. ****/****

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