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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.


Kevin Tancharoen


Allison Burnett (screenplay), Christopher Gore
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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


An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fama See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011,682, 27 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bebe Neuwirth (Ms. Kraft) and Kelsey Grammer (Mr. Cranston) starred in the television shows Cheers (1982) and Frasier (1993) as a married couple. See more »


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 »


Marco: She's hot, but she thinks she's like the most talented person in the school.
Victor Tavares: So maybe she is.
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Polonaise in A Op. 40, No. 1
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
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What a waste of time!
30 September 2009 | by ashtonskakleSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the old version, so i can't compare it to the old version.

Before i went in i wasn't expecting much, to me it looked like a hip-hop dance film, which would be pretty similar to the likes of Step Up 2: The Streets. But i was pleasantly surprised to see it was not another remake of Step up, but equally disappointed to find no real interest in this film. Not only did two people i went with fall asleep, the characters were so unlikeable, i felt myself coming out the cinema wondering why i spent my time even going.

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 is only 90 minutes long and with 10 main character story lines to follow, there wasn't much depth to them. I don't think i can even name any of them.

I don't even know why any of the characters would want to go study at this preforming arts school to start with, none of them seemed to improve during the four years they study there. And also a big emphasis is made how lucky they are to be in this school, yet most of the main characters leave the school before the four years is up...i didn't get that point? And the most important disappointing factor in the whole movie - there was no hot male lead! Only one guy came close and even then he wasn't much of a looker. Definitely a thumbs down for that aspect of the film.

So overall Fame is not as dazzling and inspiring as it may seem and it was pretty much a waste of 90 minutes of my life.

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