May 16th, 1980



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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.

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 6.4/10 (9,418 voted)

Director: Alan Parker

Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri

At the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, students get specialized training that often leads to success as actors, singers, etc. This movie follows four students from the time when they audition to get into the school, through graduation. They are the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Raul Garcia.

Eddie Barth - Angelo
Irene Cara - Coco Hernandez
Lee Curreri - Bruno Martelli
Laura Dean - Lisa Monroe
Antonia Franceschi - Hilary van Doren
Boyd Gaines - Michael
Albert Hague - Mr. Shorofsky - Music Teacher
Tresa Hughes - Mrs. Finsecker
Steve Inwood - François Lafete
Paul McCrane - Montgomery MacNeil
Anne Meara - Mrs. Sherwood - English Teacher
Joanna Merlin - Miss Berg - Dance Teacher
Barry Miller - Ralph Garci / Raul Garcia
Jim Moody - Mr. Farrell - Drama Teacher
Gene Anthony Ray - Leroy Johnson

Taglines: Remember my name...

Release Date: 16 May 1980

Filming Locations: Church of Saint Mary the Virgin 145 West 46th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $118,160 (USA) (18 May 1980) (3 Screens)

Gross: $21,202,829 (USA) (1980)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Original title for the movie was to be "Hot Lunch," but because an X-rated movie on release at the time had the same title, the production opted for "Fame" instead.

Continuity: When Ralph auditions for the music teacher, the music teacher's actions with his pen are not continuous between shots.

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User Review

The last of the 70's movies

Rating: 10/10

'Fame' (1980) is brilliant. It's got all these qualities that made the late 70's movies so great. It is proud of its directness and not ashamed of being over the top.

What really matters here, is the journey, not the destination. Ignorant idiots with soap opera mentality, will never realize that 'Fame' is about the struggles, anxieties and triumphs of these young people, not about their careers.

Ironically enough, none of the very talented actors of 'Fame' made it in Hollywood. 'Fame' marked the end of an era. The end of artistic freedom and experimentation and the beginning of commercialization and political correctness. It's the last statement of a generation that had a voice of its own.



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