Fame (1980)

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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 Gene Anthony Ray, and musician Lee Currieri. More so than the subsequent TV series Fame, the film emphasizes the importance of keeping up one's academic achievements in this specialized school. The faculty includes no-nonsense English teacher Ann Meara, erudite musical instructor Albert Hague, and martinet dance teacher Debbie Allen. Of the film's cast, Ray, Currieri, Allen and Hague were carried over to the TV version of Fame, which premiered in 1981. The score for the film version of Fame was honored with an Academy Award.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  • Eddie Barth
  • Irene Cara
  • Lee Curreri
  • Laura Dean
  • Antonia Franceschi
  • Boyd Gaines
  • Albert Hague
  • Tresa Hughes
  • Steve Inwood
  • Paul McCrane

Did You Know?


  • This was the first film in the history of the Academy Awards to have two songs nominated in the Best Song category. The nominated songs were the title song, written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford and "Out Here On My Own" written by Michael and Lesley Gore. The title song won. It has since happened several times.
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  • When Mrs. Sherwood is arguing with Leroy about his homework, she wads up the same sheets of paper twice.
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    • Doris Finsecker: I'm about as flamboyant as a bagel.
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Fame is a genuine treasure, moving and entertaining, a movie that understands being a teen-ager as well as Breaking Away did, but studies its characters in a completely different milieu.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A high school version of A Chorus Line, following a half-dozen talented students at New York High School for the performing arts as they try to become show-biz stars. When the kids perform, the movie sings, but their fictionalized personal stories are melodramatic drivel. [11 July 1980, p.8]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune