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FM (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 April 1978 (USA)
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When a liberal music station's owners decide to introduce army recruitment ads, despite the protests of its manager, the rebellious DJs are determined to fight back, no matter the cost.

Director:

John A. Alonzo

Writer:

Ezra Sacks
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Brandon ... Jeff Dugan
Eileen Brennan ... Mother
Alex Karras ... Doc Holiday
Cleavon Little ... Prince
Martin Mull ... Eric Swan
Cassie Yates ... Laura Coe
Norman Lloyd ... Carl Billings
Jay Fenichel ... Bobby Douglas
James Keach ... Lt. Reach
Joe Smith ... Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey Tom Tarpey ... Regis Lamar
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Alice
Mary Torrey Mary Torrey ... Cathy
Roberta Wallach ... Shari Smith
Terry Jastrow ... Michael J. Carlyle
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Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. It has led them to a ratings success. The interesting radio personalities include: Jeff Dugan, rebellious head of the radio station; Mother, who is burned out from being a DJ; Eric Swan, a self centered romantic who wants more than just being a DJ; The Prince of Darkness, the hip night DJ; and Laura Coe, the easy-going type. The movie focuses on the battle between Jeff and his corporate bosses, who want more advertising and less music. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Trivia

Often believed to be the inspiration for the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), but in fact the pilot for that sitcom was filmed before this film's release. See more »

Goofs

When Eric Swann returns after his erroneous on-air silence and after his Marcel Marceau "save", the song he plays (Player's "Baby Come Back") actually begins in the middle instead of at the beginning, as it should. See more »

Quotes

The Mother: Don't worry, you still have me for two months because that's what my contract says.
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Soundtracks

(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You
Written by Stuart Hamblen
Performed by Red Foley
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A great bit of lost history.
14 November 2011 | by mwartoadSee all my reviews

I was just listening to the radio this morning and found it to be an audio wasteland. Old recycled songs, babbling morning DJ's proving their stupidity to the world, homogenized-musical crustaceans, that were probably run through the marketing department. Basically the same crap as everyday.

So if it is the same crap as always then why would someone keep turning it on all the time? The reason is that when I was young radio was not like that. It was this freewheeling truly rebellious format with DJ's who really cared about the music. Sure many of these DJ's were bought off but not all. There was areal sense of excitement when a new band or artist came out. I remember one station had what was called side Sunday, where they would play one entire side about 4-7 songs from an album, uninterrupted.

This movie catches that spirit of the fight for the soul of radio. One side are there rebels lead by Jeff Dugan who are going to do it there way at all costs. On the other side are the corporate marketing types who just want more money.

It is not a very heavy movie and probably resembles a light Marx brother flick. But, it still has it's moments. I like who Dugan keeps on fighting the battle and finding funny ways to thwart his antagonist while having to deal with the insanity of his staff. Eileen Brennan is especially good as the burnt out and weary mother character.

I guess the real sad ending is that the force of the spirit of radio may win the battle but, in the long run they lose the war, the number crunchers win out and destroy the that goose that lays the golden egg.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1978 (USA) See more »

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Fiebre musical See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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