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Fame (2009)

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An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. The name of the school in 1980 was Fiorello Laguardia High School.

Director:

Kevin Tancharoen

Writers:

Allison Burnett (screenplay), Christopher Gore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Panabaker ... Jenny Garrison
Walter Perez ... Victor Tavares
Naturi Naughton ... Denise Dupree
Asher Monroe ... Marco (as Asher Book)
Kherington Payne ... Alice Ellerton
Collins Pennie ... Malik Washburn
Kristy Flores Kristy Flores ... Rosie Martinez
Paul McGill ... Kevin Barrett
Bebe Neuwirth ... Ms. Kraft
Paul Iacono ... Neil Baczynsky
Charles S. Dutton ... Mr. James Dowd
Kelsey Grammer ... Mr. Martin Cranston
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ... Joy
Megan Mullally ... Ms. Fran Rowan
Debbie Allen ... Ms. Angela Simms
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An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. The name of the school in 1980 was Fiorello Laguardia High School.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Welcome to love, friendship, talent, heartbreak, passion. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Debbie Allen, who plays Principal Angela Simms, is the only cast member to have made the transition from Alan Parker's original film Fame (1980). Her small part in Parker's version led to her being cast in one of the lead roles in Fame (1982), where she plays dance tutor Lydia Grant. In a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television, Allen revealed that she considers the two characters to be the same. According to her, Lydia simply got married and uses her husband's name in the remake. See more »

Goofs

When Marco is playing the piano at his parent's restaurant, the song he is playing is filled with sustained chords and legato melodies; which would require the foot pedal to be used quite often in order to achieve the sound that is heard. However, when the camera pans back to show underneath the piano, the pedal is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Joy: First you spurn me for Eddie,Then you throw him off like an old overcoat for Rocky!
Joy: You chew people up, and then you spit them out again!
Joy: I loved you, you hear me I loved you, and what did it get me?
Joy: I'll tell you a big nothing, you're like a sponge you take, take, take, and drain others of their love, and devotion!
Joy: Well I've had enough, you've got to choose between me, and Rocky, so named because of the rocks in his head!
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Connections

Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: The Worst of 2009 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

You Made Me Love You
Written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Raney Shockne featuring Oren Waters
Produced by Raney Shockne
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Fame seems pretty awful
26 September 2009 | by forchristsake9See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the trailers, Fame is not as dazzling and inspiring as it may seem. Strip away the fancy lighting, music and camera work and you're left with nothing less than a cast of one dimensional, mundane, and unlikeable characters. The movie doesn't give enough time for any of the characters to develop and therefore, I ended up feeling like I barely knew the characters at all, even at the end of the film. I don't even think I could name all of them. The actual script and dialogue is not any better and the plot feels forced and irrelevant to what the movie claims to be about. From the looks of it, no one in the movie is cut out for actual "fame" with the exception of Payne's character who is portrayed as an arrogant and selfish dancer. The cast had a lot of potential to become very likable characters but because of the poor script, their performances fall flat and feel fake. I entered the movie with hopes of being entertained even if it was on a strictly "crowd pleaser" level. I left feeling like I had just wasted an hour and a half of my life learning that "success is love." There are no real resolutions to any of the character's trials and tribulations. Life must suck at this performing arts school because no one learns anything particularly profound or life changing. Don't waste your time with this movie, and if you still want to, at least wait for it to come out on DVD. The large screen, dark theater, and popcorn won't make this movie any better than the dud that it is.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011,682, 27 September 2009

Gross USA:

$22,455,510

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,211,836
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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