Fame (1980)

Fame is set at New York's High School of Performing Arts, where talented teens train for show-business careers. The film concentrates on five of the most gifted students: singer Irene Cara, actors Paul McCrane and Barry Miller, dancer… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 16, 1980
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Just because Fame is a well-acted musical doesn't mean it flinches against its surprisingly heavy topics.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Every once in a while what appears to be the entire student body pours out into the street to do song-and-dance numbers, some of which are cheerful enough, but all of which break faith with the film's realistic premise.

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Time Out

It's a crack at the American Dream which carries all the exhilaration and depth of a 133-minute commercial break.

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Kari Croop
Common Sense Media

Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is cut at such a frenzied pitch that it's often possible to believe (mistakenly) that something significant is going on.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A genuine treasure, moving and entertaining.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

What recommends Fame to whatever degree that it doesn't totally suck is that Parker's still content at this point in his career to not resolve every single storyline

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Variety Staff

Alan Parker has come up with an exposure for some of the most talented youngsters seen on screen in years. There isn't a bad performance in the lot.

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Emanuel Levy

Director Alan Parker has reinvented effectively the old musical movie genre of let's put on a show in a way that speaks directly to younger viewers

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

The song and dance scenes are hard to beat in terms of sheer energy and atmosphere, but the dramatic storylines leave several loose ends.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A delightful and compelling drama with a wonderful soundtrack and a gallery of characters that we really learn to care about, and the best is to see that it is… More
Spencer S.
Wildly entertaining, contains vivid musical sequences, and has all the repressed teenage emotion and show business catastrophe involved in a performing arts… More
Red Lats
I've always liked the song Fame. It took me 28 years to see the movie. I enjoyed the music and dancing. As a film I thought it was mediocre - too many… More
Aj V
If you're an arts student, or have been one at one point, you'll be able to relate to this movie like I did. It's a good drama for the most… More
Jim Hunter
"I celebrate the me yet to come." Recognizing all its flaws, I unabashedly love <i>Fame</i>. I understand that the characters fall into… More
Jennifer D
I think I expected it to be more musically. But I would have honestly classified it more as a drama than a musical. Still, I liked the story and the ways that… More