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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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Cameron Crowe

Writer:

Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Russell Hammond
Frances McDormand ... Elaine Miller
Kate Hudson ... Penny Lane
Jason Lee ... Jeff Bebe
Patrick Fugit ... William Miller
Zooey Deschanel ... Anita Miller
Michael Angarano ... Young William
Anna Paquin ... Polexia Aphrodisia
Fairuza Balk ... Sapphire
Noah Taylor ... Dick Roswell
John Fedevich John Fedevich ... Ed Vallencourt
Mark Kozelek ... Larry Fellows
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Lester Bangs
Liz Stauber ... Leslie
Jimmy Fallon ... 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Vinyl Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Uncool See more »

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Box Office

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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| (director's cut) | (DVD extended cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The principal announcing the graduates' names in the William's high school graduation scene is played by Charles Walker. Walker also played the principal in Say Anything... (1989) which was also written and directed by Cameron Crowe. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when William plays the album "Tommy," he starts the record from the beginning; however, the song that plays is "Sparks", which is the second half of the album's third track. The album's first track is "Overture/It's a Boy." See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Frances McDormand's name is originally misspelled (as Francis), but the hand writing the names erases and corrects the name. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene was filmed in which William plays Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" in front of his mother and some high school staff, as well as Darryl (Anita's boyfriend). William introduces the song by saying that it was based on the works of Tolkien. During the song, the group is looking through the lyrics on the inner sleeve and a copy of Rolling Stone. William and Darryl are lip-synching and playing air guitar and drums. Elaine denounces the song, and the scene continues with her saying "no, no, no, no" before finally agreeing to let her go. However, rights problems forced Crowe to cut the scene. The scene is presented on the "Bootleg Cut" two-DVD set. The scene has no music, but there is an on-screen cue telling the viewer when to start the song. See more »

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The Chipmunk Song
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Surprisingly sweet dramedy hits the mark
18 September 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

This film may have just one flaw- it aims too high. But that doesn't matter in this world. Here, we see the autobiographical tale of Cameron Crowe (writer/director and co-producer of this film) in his days as a young writer for Rolling Stone (one story I think) as seen by William Miller. He follows a rock band called Stillwater (much to mom's dismay played well by Frances McDormand) on a Almost Famous tour with rockers, groupies and bandaids. Real sweetness comes when the worlds of Miller and the band combine and dramedy kicks in. Quite the Crowe picture, one of his best ones, that takes a look at the days of rock when it was still cool to do drugs, have sex and be cool singing Elton John in a bus (that scene was the highlight). Band members include Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and others including Fairuza Balk, Anna Paquin, and in a exceptional performance, the free spirited Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson. This film is definately in my top 25 list of the year. A-


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