Fame (1980)

R   |    |  Drama, Music, Musical

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A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.




  • Alan Parker and Barry Miller in Fame (1980)
  • Irene Cara and Lee Curreri in Fame (1980)
  • Lee Curreri in Fame (1980)
  • Alan Parker and Gene Anthony Ray in Fame (1980)
  • Barry Miller and Maureen Teefy in Fame (1980)
  • Alan Parker and Maureen Teefy in Fame (1980)

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30 November 2018 | SophiaMazzella
Successes and Failures on the Road to Fame
Fame is more than a movie about high school and a group of developping teenagers. It is about what it means to go after a dream and the successes and failures along the way.

Increddibly crafted and edited, Fame is a joy to watch that keeps you invested in the journey of many characters despite its long runtime. The piece poignently captures some of the more meaningful moments of the students four years at performing high school while inserting some showstopping numbers along the way ("Fame" and "Out Here on My Own" for example). However, the film never strays from the more painful decisions and experiences of growing up and chasing a dream. It tackles a variety of topics with care and decisiveness.

Many complaints I have seen are against the film's openended nature. I would argue that this is part of the film's realism. High school is only the beginning of these students lives and there are countless more hurt and highs in their future that they have yet to experience. The film is about the lack of knowledge of whether one has talent or will "make it" in a nearly impossible business, and this choice only further upholds it.

The film is a wonderful drama that stands the test of the time for anyone who's been young with a wild dream and determination. It is definitely worth watching.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$118,160 18 May 1980

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