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Released 1980

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Director:
Alan Parker
Released:
1980
Rating:
R
Fame is a 1980 drama that follows the life of teen students attending New Yorks's High School for the Performing Arts. Directed by Alan Parker, the movie the movie focuses primarily on five students after they gain admission into the prestigious school: Coco (Irene Cara), a talented dancer; Bruno (Lee Curerri), a brilliant keyboardist; Raul (Barry Miller), a Freddie Prinze wannabe; Leroy (Gene Anthony Ray), a dancer who gains admission purely by accident and Doris (Maureen Teefy), who wants to be an actress. Once in, they have to navigate their way through four years of academics and perfecting their skills. The students suffer both joy and heartache as they are pushed by overbearing parents and demanding teachers. At the end of four years, the students finally reap the rewards of their hard work. Fame features a brilliant soundtrack, with Irene Cara performing three songs: "On My Own," "Hot Lunch," and "Fame."

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Fame is a genuine treasure, moving and entertaining, a movie that understands being a teen-ager as well as Breaking Away did, but studies its characters in a completely different m...

  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    A high school version of A Chorus Line, following a half-dozen talented students at New York High School for the performing arts as they try to become show-biz stars. When the kids...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The first half hour of the film, showing the school auditions, is superb. But it's hard to care when every tear-stained monologue is no more moving than an audition piece. Michael ...

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Arts, Drama, Music

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Musicals