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      Fame

      R Released May 16, 1980 2h 14m Musical TRAILER for Fame: Trailer 1 List Fame: Trailer 1 Fame: Trailer 1 2:36 View more videos
      80% Tomatometer 35 Reviews 69% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Young men and women audition for coveted spots at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Those who make the cut discover that it takes a lot of hard work to become a star and sometimes difficult decisions have to be made. The youngsters grapple with heavy issues such as homosexuality, abortion, attempted suicide and illiteracy. On top of their unique struggles, the students must deal with the mundane pressures of adolescence like homework, heartbreak and rejection. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Just because Fame is a well-acted musical doesn't mean it flinches against its surprisingly heavy topics.

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      Yardena Arar Associated Press Numerous performance scenes are expertly woven into Christopher Gore's screenplay following the audition-to-graduation fortunes of a handful of students, and the result is a joyful celebration of youth, hope and talent. Jul 17, 2019 Full Review Bruce McCabe Boston Globe Fame isn't only the best musical of the summer, it's one of the best films of any genre -- a fresh and funky, sassy and brassy, gutty and gritty, slick and smart piece of work. Apr 28, 2018 Full Review Anna Smith Empire Magazine The song and dance scenes are hard to beat in terms of sheer energy and atmosphere, but the dramatic storylines leave several loose ends. Rated: 3/5 Sep 8, 2010 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film This is an unbalanced mess at a lot of points and that stops you from fully enjoying its occasional moments of greatness. Rated: C- Feb 7, 2023 Full Review Maida Tilchen Gay Community News (Boston) Not only is the singing and dancing in this movie excellent, it is also done in a spontaneous and natural way, giving it a realistic quality much more exciting and inspiring than the staged musical sequences in most movie musicals. Aug 19, 2022 Full Review Stephen Farber New West/California With a lot of energy and talent going for it, you can't help wanting to like Fame. Yet the sad truth is that the film falls short of its potential in almost every way. Nov 3, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Ionela C Absolutely beautiful. Well done Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/20/24 Full Review Allen H Should be watched again after a few years Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/09/23 Full Review Lanfranco C Watching it again after many years it looks like "aged" Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/08/23 Full Review Chris C "Fame" is moronic on every level. It contains an assortment unlikeable characters dealing with "real problems" of their own making. Nonetheless, they have time to break into tiresome song-and-dance numbers whenever the mood strikes them. Life is tough. However, as the characters in Fame illustrate, life is tougher when you're stupid. That was 133 minutes of my life that I never got back. Take a pass on Fame. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Mike P Awesome musical movie from the 70s (filmed in 79, released in 80). I really love this movie. It's a dark, gritty movie that really goes there; into the ugly underside of becoming famous. It's very daring for it's time. We see 8 Hollywood Hopefuls going through the rigors of training at the famed Fiorello H LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts in New York. We see all the hurdles they have to cross; all the humiliations; until the final triumphant number when they all graduate and unify; and sing the startling "I Sing The Body Electric" number, a paean to hope and survival. It's very moving and inspiring. It also serves up alot of awesome musical numbers like the title number, (which was a top ten hit on the radio and won the Academy Award for Best Song), also "Red Light", "Out Here On My Own" and the aforementioned "Body Electric", which is quite stunning and will have you cheering. This movie is a must for movie-musical nerds! Highly recommended. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Joey D numerous bright spots - including the late Irene Cara - brighten this otherwise mediocre film about students at the New York School of Performing Arts. It's worth a viewing even if only for its influential 80s nostalgia. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/26/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Young men and women audition for coveted spots at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Those who make the cut discover that it takes a lot of hard work to become a star and sometimes difficult decisions have to be made. The youngsters grapple with heavy issues such as homosexuality, abortion, attempted suicide and illiteracy. On top of their unique struggles, the students must deal with the mundane pressures of adolescence like homework, heartbreak and rejection.
      Director
      Alan Parker
      Screenwriter
      Christopher Gore
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 16, 1980, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2008
      Runtime
      2h 14m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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