Almost Famous

2000, Drama/Music, 2h 2m

174 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Almost Famous, with its great ensemble performances and story, is a well-crafted, warm-hearted movie that successfully draws you into its era. Read critic reviews

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Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William, an unabashed music fan who is inspired by the seminal bands of the time. When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater -- fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond and lead singer Jeff Bebe William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band's tour, despite the objections of his protective mother.

Cast & Crew

Billy Crudup
Russell Hammond
Kate Hudson
Penny Lane
Jason Lee
Jeff Bebe
Patrick Fugit
William Miller
Anna Paquin
Polexia Aphrodisia
Noah Taylor
Dick Roswell
Zooey Deschanel
Anita Miller
John Fedevich
Ed Vallencourt
Bijou Phillips
Estrella Starr
Eion Bailey
Jann Wenner
Terry Chen
Ben Fong-Torres
Ian Bryce
Producer
Nancy Wilson
Original Music
John Toll
Cinematographer
Joe Hutshing
Film Editor
Saar Klein
Film Editor
Clay A. Griffith
Production Designer
Clayton Hartley
Production Designer
Robert Greenfield
Set Decoration
Betsy Heimann
Costume Designer
Michael Germain
Makeup Department Head
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  • Nov 06, 2017
    Majestic in storytelling and musicality, Almost Famous displays the brilliance of Cameron Crowe as well as breakthrough performances from Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand. The film's sleek humor and originality is a highlight that puts this above Crowe's achievements as well as listings for the year. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    One of the best "music movies" ever made and one of my favorite movies of all time. It must've been pretty easy for Cameron Crowe to write this film as it is loosely based on his experiences as a young writer on the road with the Allman Brothers Band in the 1960s-1970s. Film has arguably one of the best assembled soundtracks of all time. Billy Crudup is amazing as guitarist Russell Hammond and Jason Lee, who is known more for comedic roles, turns in an excellent dramatic performance as well. This movie is a must see even if you aren't a huge music fan as it is also an excellent coming-of-age film as well.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    What really inspired me to watch Almost Famous was the soundtrack at first, which includes the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, David Bowie, The Who and Led Zeppelin. After watching the film, I looked over it as a really solid and strangely comforting film. Every time you watch Almost Famous, its like returning to your family at Christmas, comforting yet quixotic and constantly entertaining, especially if you're a fan of rock music and/or grew up in the era. The film features good performances and the emotional integrity of the characters is so raw that the film is almost autobiographical of our favourote celebrities and the people we had posters of on our walls as children, immortal and total. "It's all happening..."
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2015
    It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why this movie works so well, an excellent blend of drama, romance and crisp believable dialogue. The cast is deep and deliver strong performances. A captivating look into rock-and-roll circa 1970. The film is not really about any one particular theme be it young love, discovery or friendship. It is really more of a trip, a road trip, discovering and probing all of these things and more. I like to think of it as a look into the nature of basic human relationships (in their many forms) tested by the turmoil of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. Sometimes people do noble things, sometimes selfish thing, but always believable things. All of these elements create a very warm film that is surprisingly human in its approach. The sound track is also very strong and paired well with each scene. One scene was particularly memorable: a simple sing-a-long on a bus against the back drop of a classic song. Most people have at least one strong memory of this simple true Americana pleasure from their childhood, and this scene taps into that emotion. This was, in my humble opinion, Cameron Crowe's last really strong movie after a number of hits (including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything and Singles). These movies all share a common bond in that they were crafted with care, attention and a sharp eye for detail creating engrossing time capsules of these time periods (or places) and the social relationships of the characters. My small critique of this film, and most of Crowe's work, is that he can be heavy handed with the sitcom one-liners. While some of these lines pay off really well, others are a bit jarring.
    Shane S Super Reviewer

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