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Fame (1980)

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director:

Alan Parker
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Barth ... Angelo
Irene Cara ... Coco
Lee Curreri ... Bruno
Laura Dean ... Lisa
Antonia Franceschi ... Hilary
Boyd Gaines ... Michael
Albert Hague ... Shorofsky
Tresa Hughes ... Mrs. Finsecker
Steve Inwood Steve Inwood ... François Lafete
Paul McCrane ... Montgomery
Anne Meara ... Mrs. Sherwood
Joanna Merlin ... Miss Berg
Barry Miller ... Ralph
Jim Moody ... Farrell
Gene Anthony Ray ... Leroy
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Storyline

At the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, students get specialized training that often leads to success as actors, singers, etc. This movie follows eight students from the time when they audition to get into the school, through graduation. Among these are the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Ralph Garcy. Written by Reid Gagle

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Russian

Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Lunch See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,160, 18 May 1980

Gross USA:

$21,202,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,202,829
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Alan Parker has said the film's title is essentially, ironic, as the story is really about failure, both personal and professional, the chasing of dreams and the cruel realities of showbusiness. See more »

Goofs

The "Palace" sign outside Montgomery's room flashes On-Off, but when Doris and Ralph are kissing and Montgomery leaves, the light pattern outside is more complex than a simple flash. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: [Starts playing his son's tape on top of loudspeakers on his cab] My son's music! My son Bruno, Bruno Martelli, he wrote the music! Today 46th street, tomorrow Madison Square Garden!
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Alternate Versions

Following the success of the TV series in the UK, an alternate PG-rated version was released theatrically with all of the swearing, sexual and drugs references removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Anthony Edwards/Foo Fighters (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Out Here On My Own
(1980)
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Lesley Gore
Performed by Irene Cara (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
Very well done!
12 November 2005 | by Brian-97See all my reviews

"Fame" is a very well done portrait of the students who inhabit New York City's High School of the Arts. The film focuses on a group of students who dream of making it big while they perfect their craft at the now famous school. Director Alan Parker allows each of the highlighted students to mature on screen, allowing you to feel a connection with each one. The music here is infectious and fun. The dancing is exciting and fresh. The film eventually became the basis for an Emmy-winning television series starring Debbie Allen and some of the other actors from the film. One of the more enjoyable "dance" films of the 1980's. Received Oscars for music. 8/10


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