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

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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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Remember my name... 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

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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

Albert Hague was an actual teacher at Fiorello LaGuardia High School when he was hired almost on a whim by the producers to play Benjamin Shorofsky, a role that resurrected his acting career. See more »

Goofs

After Shirley is given her yellow slip back by the woman monitoring the stairs, the slip jumps from her right to her left hand between shots. See more »

Quotes

Coco Hernandez: I'm a professional. A few unkind words aren't going to bother me. I know its not going to be all standing ovations.
Hilary van Doren: Certainly not for you, my dear.
Coco Hernandez: Look, I'm not my dear! You can f*ck my dear.
Hilary van Doren: Well, thank you.
[Looks at Leroy]
Hilary van Doren: That might be fun.
Coco Hernandez: That might be impossible. He's not into vanilla.
Hilary van Doren: Might be a nice change, from black cherry.
Coco Hernandez: The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice, honey.
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Connections

References Othello (1965) 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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Story about potential.
20 April 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

This movie showcases a LOT of incredible talent. Fantastic performances throughout. The movie also is a great story about potential and how people use, abuse or ignore it in themselves. This is a story about students who look like they are all headed for fame and fortune. It shows the pitfalls along the way. We learn that talent is not enough. We also learn that many fall short and give up along the way. As an adult who was a teenager back when this movie first came out, it is a very bittersweet look at potential in us all and has us examine what we did with it in our lives, are we where we thought we would be? Yes, this movie is dated, it is over 20 years old, it HAS to be in some regard. But the story is timeless and will rank among classics of teenage movies and also always have a warm spot in the hearts of adults who grew up in the era. Highly recommended. Would make a great double feature with "Gold Diggers of 1933" just to show contrast and to see how Broadway has changed over the years.


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