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Fame (1980)

Eddie Barth , Irene Cara , Alan Parker , Mark Schneider  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi
  • Directors: Alan Parker, Mark Schneider
  • Writers: Mark Schneider, Christopher Gore
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, David De Silva, Ronald Saland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJBF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fame" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Class reunion commentary by director Alan Parker
  • Making-of featurette
  • Fame field trip to the "famed" school

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Fame scores all over again on DVD with its widescreen format and a thumping soundtrack: the moment when the kids burst out onto the street and stop the traffic is a bit of 1980s cinema magic. Alan Parker leads the class-reunion commentary track, helped by many of the cast (including Lee Curreri, Gene Anthony Ray, and Laura Dean). The film is clearly still important to them all. Other extras include a visit to today's school (hardly changed in philosophy or the passion of its real-life students) and a vintage featurette. --Piers Ford

Product Description

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.

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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of comments about previous reviews June 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Hello,

I have not had the opportunity to view the DVD version of Fame yet but I plan to order it, so someday soon! However, I thought it was worth my time to interject on a couple of the reviews that have been posted.

First: one lady commented that this movie was not suitable for her child because of the language and nudity, so it deserved 1 star. Please note that this movie was rated R in the theatre, and is listed as Rated R here on Amazon. How much clearer does one need to be. Rated R MEANS not suitable for children. Do not blame the movie for your poor judgement. Do not use this review in deciding to purchase the DVD.

Second: A gentleman commented that this movie did not contain all of the music from the original stage production. Well,unless I am mistaken, that would be because the movie came first. The musical expanded upon the movie, as did the television show. So please know this when using his review.

Just my two cents on the matter. :)
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Remember My Name June 6, 2003
Format:DVD
This Alan Parker film came out in 1980, after the director had horrified everyone with visions of Turkish Prison in MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. But here we have a loving valentine to the kids of New York who dream of being performers at the high school for performing and visual arts. It's a musical, but one where the songs and dancing come out of the kids naturally as they goof off or perform for themselves or each other. You get to see four years of high school, and about 8 kids who reach varying levels of realizations about how hard the world really is when you want to be famous.
Finally FAME gets the DVD treatment! A widescreen transfer, featurettes, and a wonderful video commentary that shows 4 of the leads TODAY talking about their 15 minutes of notoriety as a star of FAME. It's a fun experience to see how they have aged, and what they remember of the filming. Alan Parker is the real star of the commentary though! He gets to talk over the entire movie, but thankfully he's witty and informative. My favorite tidbit was the original name of FAME was HOT LUNCH! Okay... that would have been ... disaster.
Best reason to own this? The music! You can watch the movie once, but I dare you to ever forget the title song "FAME". My personal fave is "Out Here On My Own" for sentimental reasons. You'll want to sign up for dance, voice, and acting lessons after this one.
See where all the hoopla started! Before the television shows, before the musical hit the stage ... there was this gritty movie showing foul-mouthed kids trying to make it in The Big Apple. Or at least through high school!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby remember my name! June 18, 2003
Format:DVD
This Alan Parker film came out in 1980, after the director had horrified everyone with visions of Turkish Prison in MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. But here we have a loving valentine to the kids of New York who dream of being performers at the high school for performing and visual arts. It's a musical, but one where the songs and dancing come out of the kids naturally as they goof off or perform for themselves or each other. You get to see four years of high school, and about 8 kids who reach varying levels of realizations about how hard the world really is when you want to be famous.
Finally FAME gets the DVD treatment! A widescreen transfer, featurettes, and a wonderful video commentary that shows 4 of the leads TODAY talking about their 15 minutes of notoriety as a star of FAME. It's a fun experience to see how they have aged, and what they remember of the filming. Alan Parker is the real star of the commentary though! He gets to talk over the entire movie, but thankfully he's witty and informative. My favorite tidbit was the original name of FAME was HOT LUNCH! Okay... that would have been ... disaster.
Best reason to own this? The music! You can watch the movie once, but I dare you to ever forget the title song "FAME". My personal fave is "Out Here On My Own" for sentimental reasons. You'll want to sign up for dance, voice, and acting lessons after this one.
See where all the hoopla started! Before the television shows, before the musical hit the stage ... there was this gritty movie showing foul-mouthed kids trying to make it in The Big Apple. Or at least through high school!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic March 15, 2001
By Emily C
Format:VHS Tape
A classic, not a Schindler's List or Silence of the Lambs type classic mind you, but an inspiring movie nonetheless that I will always remember. Im a student at a performing arts school in NYC-so much like the "Fame" school, and the movie captured the reality and pressure and desire and troubles so wonderfully. The characters were quite realistic...my absolute favorites were Leroy and Ralph, played brilliantly by Barry Miller. I get a kick out of seeing Paul McCrane play soft-spoken actor Montgomery...a far cry from Romano on ER! Fame deals with the rejection as well as the triumph in a school where its all about making it. The acting is top-notch. From Leroy, the troubled dancer who really grabbed my heart, to Doris, who thrives in the end, the characters arent one-dimensional like in so many movies you see. They didnt sugar-coat anything. They dealt with the problems of youth-learning disabilities, abuse, perfectionism, pregnancy without coming off as lecture-like. Not to mention the incredible score. I love this movie I had to buy a copy. I hope you like it as much as me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever
Perhaps it's because I'm a performer and understand the volatility and confusion and explosiveness and total immersion and exploration and celebration that is part of the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jeffrey Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Original, and still FAMEous!
Seeing "Fame" again for the first time on Blu-ray, now that I am older allowed me to discover that it wasn't just about music and dancing. Read more
Published 26 days ago by rayalen
4.0 out of 5 stars Original is always best
It was interesting to look back at the original movie that sparked a tv series and a remake 20 years later.
Published 1 month ago by Steven Vandewal
1.0 out of 5 stars Myth-sustaining
I was young when I first saw this film but even then I found its uncritical worship of youthful energy difficult to stomach. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
Those of you who are old enough to remember this movie and then the TV series will enjoy reliving memories with this one.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas R. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
I have been expecting for this theme for so long. Very good picture and lovely songs, and outstanding actors and actresses!
Published 2 months ago by Chan Wing Lun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!!
I just loved the original *Fame* and hated the remake of this movie... Remakes are
never any good. This movie has become a cult classic!
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray disc of the original fame
Even though it's not as razor sharp.
And doesn't have the same sound as the new films do.
I still found this BD to be excellent quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula J. Bettencourt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love the movie Fame and now am happy to say I have a copy of it for myself.
I received the item very soon after ordering it and it was in excellent shape, very good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by stitcher4664
3.0 out of 5 stars Fame
I could have done without the trashy sex and talk... it would have been better if it was a family movie instead of hollywood trying to convince me and my kids that sex, foul... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cary Solomon
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what is the name of the actor that was taking the auditions?!?!
His name is Jim Moody. :)
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