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FM (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 April 1978 (USA)
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... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Dugan
... Mother
... Doc Holiday
... Prince
... Eric Swan
... Laura Coe
... Carl Billings
... Bobby Douglas
... Lt. Reach
Joe Smith ... Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey ... Regis Lamar
Janet Brandt ... Alice
Mary Torrey ... Cathy
Roberta Wallach ... Shari Smith
... Michael J. Carlyle


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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A Now Story With Now Music! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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20 April 1978 (USA)  »

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Fiebre musical  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of the plot of the movie is about the management of the station resisting the push to change to stations format to include more commercials than music. Tom Petty, who has a cameo in the film, fought his own battle against his recorded label over the album "Hard Promises". The album had been given the superstar price of $9.89, versus $8.98. Petty balked at the change, threatening to hold up the album's release.

Much like the characters in FM, this stand won Petty a loyal fan base standing behind him in support. See more »


When Dolores Deluxe exits her corvette, there is a man (perhaps not an extra) who stares at her as she enters the building. He actually briefly stops to watch the entire scene be filmed. See more »


The Mother: Don't worry, you still have me for two months because that's what my contract says.
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(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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As someone who works in "the business", I did notice that FM has its share of inaccuracies and things that don't quite work...big whoop...do not let those deter you from enjoying a movie that has been underrated and under-appreciated...with a cast that works well together and a killer soundtrack, FM tracks the musings of a station in LA that takes its music and its audience seriously...without commercial interruption...Michael Brandon is superb as the hero, Jeff Dugan... Martin Mull is great as an over-the-top DJ, Eric Swan...Eileen Brennan as Mother, the late Cleavon Little as the Prince of Darkness, and Cassie Yates as Laura Coe make up an air staff that I would love to work with...the bad guys are Albert Driscoll, a company exec who doesn't understand anything beyond the bottom line, Regis Lamar, a "flunky" salesman who is doing what he's being told- even though he tries to understand what the radio people are doing, and Michael J Carlyle, a greasy radio exec not unlike a few in radio...and all through the movie, the fact that it is fun to work in radio is very evident...one note...Alex Karras as the Cowboy is a little bit of miscasting...not sure why he was put in there other than his character was in the book...but overall the quality and flow is excellent...and, as its catchphrase goes, "no static at all"...for those of you who are historians of radio, you will love the dual mikes they use at QSKY...brings back the memories...you're probably going to have to find the movie online somewhere, since it's unusual to locate it in a rental store, but it is a nice addition to a library...and try to find a brand new copy...WITH the poster!

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