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Almost Famous (2000)

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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Russell Hammond
... Elaine Miller
... Penny Lane
... Jeff Bebe
... William Miller
... Anita Miller
... Young William
... Polexia Aphrodisia
... Sapphire
... Dick Roswell
John Fedevich ... Ed Vallencourt
... Larry Fellows
... Lester Bangs
... Leslie
... Dennis Hope
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Storyline

The early 1970s. William Miller is 15-years old and an aspiring rock journalist. He gets a job writing for Rolling Stone magazine. His first assignment: tour with the band Stillwater and write about the experience. Miller will get to see what goes on behind the scenes in a famous band, including the moments when things fall apart. Moreover, for him, it will be a period of new experiences and finding himself. Written by grantss

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Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it.


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Rated R for language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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22 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Something Real  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,314,646, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,534,850

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,848,839
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Trivia

Patrick Fugit's voice broke during filming. See more »

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Penny Lane rides a plane with winglets. The advantages of winglets weren't proven until 1976, and they were first used on commercial planes in 1985. See more »

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[first lines]
Elaine Miller: I can't believe you wanna be Atticus Finch. Oh, that makes me feel so good.
Young William: I like him.
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In the special edition DVD the extended cut of the film is renamed "Untitled". See more »

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Referenced in The O.C.: The Third Wheel (2004) See more »

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You Had to Be There
Written by Peter Frampton, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Gordon Kennedy
Performed by Stillwater
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William has an overprotective mother, and his sister has already been driven away by her refusal to accept her children's ambitions and interests. William finds solace in his sister's music collection and begins to dream of a life as a rock journalist. At 15 William manages to land a assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to interview an up and coming band called Stillwater, and he quickly finds himself immersed in the life his mother so desperately wanted to protect him from.

And so the story begins, as William tours with the band, we are taken on a journey of mistrust, discovery, deceit and disappointment; interlaced with the hard truths about the bands lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, sex and music.

Almost Famous pulls no punches, and is a deep insight into the dream that became an ambition, that became a harsh reality.

Packed with top class performances all round and great music score Almost Famous delivers, and delivers with attitude and realism that is rarely captured on film.

A must see for Fans of the genre, but there's certainly enough here for everyone.

9/10


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