Fame Poster

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 2003

R|2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Irene Cara, Eddie Barth, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Paul McCrane, Barry Miller, Gene Anthony Ray, Maureen Teefy

Director: Alan Parker

Genres: Musical

Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: 1980s, Inspiring, New York City, Love, Sacrifice, Growing up, Emotional, School

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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 perform, the movie sings, but their fictionalized personal stories are melodramatic drivel. [11 July 1980, p.8]

  • 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 milieu. show more

  • 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 Seresin's photography is so beautiful that everybody in the film looks as if they could be famous, and the surface glossiness serves only to falsify the emotions further. [23 May 1980]

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Music (Original Score)
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)