Monday, September 1, 2014


1980 American Feature

Cast: Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Paul McCrane, Barry Miller, Gene Anthony Ray, Maureen Teefy, Debbie Allen, Albert Hague and Anne Meara
Director: Alan Parker
Writer: Christopher Gore

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend the New York High School of Performing Arts.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 69%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Original Song ("Fame"); also nominated for Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound and Original Song ("Out Here On My Own").
  • BAFTA Award for Best Sound; also nominated for Best Direction, Film Music and Editing.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song ("Fame"); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Actress - Musical/Comedy (Cara) and Original Score.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay - Drama.

  • The original screenplay was titled Hot Lunch until part-way through filming when director Alan Parker saw that a pornographic film showing on 42nd Street had the same title.
  • Casting Call: Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer and Patrick Swayze.
  • Fame is the first movie to have two songs nominated for the Best Original Song Academy Award.
  • A television series based on the film premiered on NBC in 1982; it moved to syndication the following year. Debbie Allen, Lee Curreri, Albert Hague and Gene Anthony Ray reprised their roles for the series, which won nine Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards during its six seasons. A 1997 spin-off titled Fame L.A. aired in syndication for one season. Fame returned to NBC in the summer of 2003 as a reality competition series, à la American Idol.
  • Fame - The Musical, a stage musical adaptation created by the film's producer David De Silva, had its world premiere in 1988 in Miami, Florida. It was titled Fame on 42nd Street for its 2003-2004 Off-Broadway run. The story is significantly different from the film and, aside from the title song, it features a completely new score.
  • In 2004, "Fame" was ranked #51 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2006, Fame was ranked #92 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Cheers" list.
  • A remake of Fame, starring Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Bebe Neuwirth and Debbie Allen (this time as the school's principal) was released in 2009 to generally negative reviews and poor box office returns.

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