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Fame is set at New York's High School of Performing Arts, where talented teens train for show-business careers. The film concentrates on five of the most gifted students: singer Irene Cara, actors Paul McCrane and Barry Miller, dancer Gene Anthony Ray, and musician Lee Currieri. More so than the subsequent TV series Fame, the film emphasizes the importance of keeping up one's academic achievements in this specialized school. The faculty includes no-nonsense English teacher Ann Meara, erudite
May 16, 1980 Wide
Jun 1, 2004
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Every once in a while what appears to be the entire student body pours out into the street to do song-and-dance numbers, some of which are cheerful enough, but all of which break faith with the film's realistic premise.
Alan Parker has come up with an exposure for some of the most talented youngsters seen on screen in years. There isn't a bad performance in the lot.
It's a crack at the American Dream which carries all the exhilaration and depth of a 133-minute commercial break.
Director Alan Parker has reinvented effectively the old musical movie genre of let's put on a show in a way that speaks directly to younger viewers
What recommends Fame to whatever degree that it doesn't totally suck is that Parker's still content at this point in his career to not resolve every single storyline
The song and dance scenes are hard to beat in terms of sheer energy and atmosphere, but the dramatic storylines leave several loose ends.
Nearly thirty years after its debut, Alan Parker's Fame remains, in its way, even fresher than its glossy 2009 remake
As Fame begins to unspool and you realize that the movie's a lot more endearingly grimy and profane than you recall...just blame it on that stupid TV knockoff.
A rambling, emotionally involving, and exuberent movie with flashes of cinematic poetry.
It's telling that this film is best remembered for its music and dancing: its attempts at serious ensemble drama have mixed results.
One of the finest dramas ever about teen life
Not always believable, but energetic and enjoyable.
Audience Reviews for Fame
- Miss Berg: Where's the sweat, Lisa?
- Liza Monroe: I'm working on it.
- Montgomery MacNeil: Never being happy isn't the same as being unhappy. Is it.
- Doris Finsecker: I'm about as flamboyant as a bagel.
- Leroy Johnson: I'm young, I'm single, and I love to mingle!
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