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Fame (1980)

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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.


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





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


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

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


Drama | Music | Musical


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Novelisation by Leonore Fleischer. See more »


At about 15:00, while Ralph is explaining that the reason he wants to attend the school is because Freddie Prinze went there, we see Michael open and begin to eat from a soup container. Then in the reverse shot we see Michael (from behind) not eating. Then back to the original front shot with Michael eating again. See more »


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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Alternate Versions

Runs 133 minutes long on Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED), also commonly known as RCA Selectavision Videodisc. See more »


Is It Okay If I Call You Mine
Music and Lyrics by Paul McCrane
Performed by Paul McCrane (uncredited)
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Can you believe this movie was made over 20 years ago? It still hasn't lost its punch 20 years later.
6 March 2003 | by raysondSee all my reviews

Its amazing after 20 years this movie still hasn't lost none of its punch and its too bad that they don't make movies like this anymore. I remember when this movie came out. I was 14 years old and I thought it was going to be another one of those idiotic teen comedies and so forth. Boy, was I dead wrong. This movie had a lot to go for it especially during a decade where a lot of high school movies of the 80's consisted of "The Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles","Pretty In Pink","Fast Times At Ridgemont High", "The Last American Virgin" and so forth. Fame consisted of eight talented teenagers all hotly pursing their dreams at the prestigious New York's High School Of The Performing Arts. Its a stunning combination of drama and pathos,but in the same level it's an explosion of pulsating song and electrifying dance numbers that made this one of the most memorable movie musicals of the 1980's. Director Alan Parker(of Midnight Express,Mississippi Burning,and others)brings to the screen a profusion of fresh young talent in front of the camera and behind it(like choreographer Louis Falco and composer Micheal Gore who won Oscars for the film's dynamic score and the title song he co-wrote with lyricist Dean Pitchford). The action here is very intense as it spills all over the Big Apple from the shadows of 42nd Street to the bright lights of the great white way and not to mention the sequences around Times Square. As for the characters who were then unknowns at the time it was a stark reality check as it follows the lives of several individuals from different backgrounds. Some of them made it while the others were just getting by and the rest knew the getting their fame would cost them the ultimate price. However,there are some gaps in some of the characters but after seeing it again it makes you wonder after 20 years that this film still has the emotional pull and from there it never lets go. The soundtrack to this movie is still great even after 20 years later. If you have never seen this movie brace yourself for some roof raising pleasure cause from the beginning its one helluva ride. Make sure that you get the director's version which contains additional scenes that were cut from the original print. NOTE: "Fame" also brought some unknown talent like choreographer/dancer Gene Anthony Ray,and also singer/ songwriter Irene Cara(who would got on to become one of the biggest R&B/Pop singers of the decade--the Mariah Carey of her generation)and also two years later would become a subsequent TV series that would showcased the talents of Ray and other original cast members including Debbie Allen(which ran for five seasons ending its run in 1986). As for movie itself,its worth seeing.

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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,160, 18 May 1980

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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