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Issue: Spring, 2009

Fame (1980) movie review

This Film Could Live Forever


A new class is beginning at the New York High School of the Performing Arts. From their auditions to their graduation we follow the highs, lows, successes and mistakes that they cram into their high school years.

One of the beacons of the 1980s, Fame is peopled by characters with universal concerns, not just about becoming famous, but about surviving and finding love.

Fame is a musical in the tradition of "let's put on a show!". The production numbers are a combination of rehearsals, performances and iconic 'spontaneous' moments including dancing in the streets and jamming in the cafeteria -- famous sequences in themselves.

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Movie poster, Fame
If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got.

The setting is dark and dingy, the storylines are a mix of heartening and tragic, like life the school years are angst punctuated by moments of glory and hope.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1980
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See also: Fame (2009)

Just the facts:

Title: Fame (1980)
Written by: Christopher Gore
Directed by: Alan Parker
Running time: 134 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Debbie Allen, Meg Tilly

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