FM (1978)

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When the owners of a Los Angeles radio station become more interested in profits than people, its disgruntled disc jockeys stage a protest and broadcast their own program. This comedy, which debuted Martin Mull as a the crazy DJ Eric, features a good selection of rock music and concert footage.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ezra Sacks
On DVD: Jan 11, 2000
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

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Cast


as Jeff Dugan

as Eric Swan

as Doc Holiday

as Laura Coe

as Carl Billings

as Bobby Douglas

as Lt. Reach

as Albert Driscoll

as Regis Lamar

as Shari Smith

as Michael J. Carlyle

as Jack Rapp

as Buxom Blonde

as Delores Deluxe

as Alice's Assistant

as Police Captain

as Messenger

as Johnny Fury

as Izzy Segal

as TV Interviewer

as Office Girl

as Guard Frank

as Stage Manager

as Girl Disc Jockey

as Herself

as Himself

as Himself

as Themselves
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Critic Reviews for FM

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Dugan, who's heavily into the music biz, is against commercials on commercial radio (but since QSKY pumps out an endless stream of Ronstadt, the Eagles and Queen, wouldn't a few mindless jingles go unnoticed?)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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A preposterously self-serving variation on 1960's themes.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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It gets the standard rock-movie formula backwards by trying to base a revolution around some of the safest, least revolutionary music in the history of rock.

Full Review… | May 30, 2001
AV Club
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Embarrassing youth cult film, founded on the shaky premise that the staff of a "progressive" LA rock station have to fight their management for the right to play Olivia Newton-John.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Mull, as a spaced-out DJ, steals the show, emanating energy with which neither the other actors nor the music can compete.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

FM, for all its ingratiating players, is an unredeemable mess that can't even make it to simplistic.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
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Audience Reviews for FM

70's time capsule is chock full of fantastic music, the soundtrack is justly famous, and excellent actors. The basic story line is David vs. Goliath but is entertainingly played and provides a look at what FM radio use to be. Good concert footage of Jimmy Buffet and Linda Ronstadt give a sense of what live concerts were at the time. Of the performers while all are good a few stand out. Martin Mull is a hoot as the egotistical and somewhat child like disc jockey Eric Swan and the great Eileen Brennan makes a lot out of her small part as the world weary DJ Mother. No one did world weary as well as Eileen Brennan. Not a great picture but for any music lover unmissable.

jjnxn
jay nixon

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FM is the tale of two movies. 1st half is brilliant. I worked in major market radio; this film captures that world very well. It's shot beautifully, and really depicts the world of 1960s/70s/80s radio with nuances and insight. I love that about "FM." Martin Mull and Eileen Brennen are brilliant. Linda Ronstadt, wonderful. OK, now the 2nd half of the movie. Ummmm..... it goes into this odd schitck that seems designed for 8-year-olds. It strangely falls far, to the level of a bad 70s sitcom. The 1st half of it is so good, I bought the DVD and still enjoy watching it from time to time. The good parts are SO good, it's definitely worth seeing.

lloydclark
Lloyd Clark

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