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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Barth ... Angelo
Irene Cara ... Coco
Lee Curreri ... Bruno
Laura Dean ... Lisa
Antonia Franceschi 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 four students from the time when they audition to get into the school, through graduation. They are the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Raul Garcia. Written by Reid Gagle

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21, 2 January 1981
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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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Trivia

Novelisation by Leonore Fleischer. See more »

Goofs

When François starts talking to Coco in the café, the donut on her plate and items on the bar next to her keep moving between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Monroe: [singing] I sing the body electric, I celebrate the me yet to come, I toast to my own reunion, When I become one with the sun!
Coco Hernandez: And I'll look back on Venus, I'll look back on Mars, And I'll burn with the fire of ten million stars, And in time, And in time, We will all be stars.
Montgomery McNeil: I sing the body electric, I glory in the glow of rebirth, Creating my own tomorrow, When I shall embody the earth...
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Maureen Teefy
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It builds up--and then insults--its own characters
11 September 2004 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Fame", about students attending the four-year Manhattan's School for the Performing Arts, looks right, feels right, and sometimes sounds right--but, too soon, the film becomes a muddled soap opera about talented young people reaching too far for their stars. Screenwriter Christopher Gore and director Alan Parker build up and then insult their own characters, though the ensemble cast does good work and Parker has alert eyes and ears. Sharper editing might have left some of his pretensions and absurdities out of the mix (after one student admits to being homosexual--not just once, to a girl student, but twice, to the rest of his class and teacher--he is seen in tight close-up putting on lipstick; this is done for a sniggering effect, which is stupefying once you realize the ENTIRE CLASS is dolled-up to look like characters from "Rocky Horror"). The gay kid isn't the only one being humiliated; the manufactured slapping-down is then used several more times, on the promising disco queen, the wealthy white ballerina, the talkative dancer, the stand-up comedian and the illiterate who may not graduate because of his failing grades. If people respond to the movie, it's due to the cinematography (which captures some of New York City's squalor and dusty classrooms with a bracing realism), the propulsive soundtrack and the cynical-funny talk. The characters are quite a different matter--they become plot-mechanisms, their pitfalls punctuated by a director who can almost be heard saying, "Look! See!"


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