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  • Actors: Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Paul McCrane, Antonia Franceschi
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Producers: David de Silva, Alan Marshall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Castilian, Latin
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JF3FOW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The New York's School of Performing Arts offers its students a path to fame and fortune - but fame costs. Budding ballerinas, musicians, dancers and actors all clamber up the rocky road to stardom in this modern day musical. This film was directed by Alan Parker (The Commitments, Evita) and led to a very successful television series spin-off.

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This early effort by director Alan Parker is lively but jagged as it follows four students through their years in the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Rather predictably, the kids fall into four clearly defined stereotypes: brazen, gay and hypersensitive, prickly, shy. Fame makes up for a disjointed presentation with a lot of heart and a great soundtrack (for which it won two Academy Awards). The hopes and disappointments, failures and successes of these teens are fodder for emotional scenes and exuberant dancing in the streets. It also turned out to be the first of many imitators and spawned a popular television series. (It was the breakout film for the short-lived feature-film career of Irene Cara, who sang the title song.) --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Pounds on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The old ones are always the best. Fame just touches all the right places, i think this version is far better then the new one in 2009. I feel they shouldnt of bothered re-making it, you cant beat perfection. Anyone who loves singing and dancing will love this, any age,im in my 30s and my daughter is 13 and she loved it too. BRILLIANT.....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hodgson on 2 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Fame seems the last thing on the minds of eight or so teenagers as they progress through New York's public stage school. What they want - really, really want - is to escape: from the marauding cockroaches, domineering or distant parents, oppressive religion and the the frustrations of sex. And performing is the way out.
Fame is a dazzling ensemble piece, weaving this way and that as the characters scratch their way through life's tougher choices and some raw song and dance numbers.
Fame can feel a little brash at times - but that's the way our limelight lovers survive - yet at times we are treated, really treated, to moments of intense sensitivity and earthy humour. Often the episodic nature of this film - some scenes are barely more than sketches - can leave the viewer frustrated, but within minutes the face of an appealing wannabe or some gutsy production number will leave you smiling.
Perhaps not Alan Parker's best, but this film takes you to the heart of New York and lets you stay there long after the last credit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Haluk Gürel on 20 July 2003
Format: DVD
It was my high school years and i was dying to dance. This movie reminds me how amazing to discover dancing, creating yourself by the music you feel in your heart. It was the way i express myself as the students in Fame. I can not imagine any other story could fire my feelings, set me free on the floor. Fame is one of the most important and successful youth films i have ever seen. Great music, great performance. You will find yourself dancing and feeling very strong faith in you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I came to this blu ray totally unaware of how impressive and hard-hitting this film would be! It's an extraordinary portrayal of the reality of the theatrical world with some outstanding performances and impressive direction. Despite a rather overlong and cliched "audition" section which is rather stereotypical in its portrayal of incompetent performers, once the "plot" develops we are given a refreshingly frank picture of the highs and lows of what it means to be in the "entertainment" business. The image quality and audio, although not reference, are as good as you will find considering the film's age and source material. "Fame" is a moving, energy-packed, and decidedly impressive achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STEVENSEAGALFAN on 27 April 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Had to watch this with my wife, it was the most painful film I have ever had the horror to sit through. I was so happy when the film was over, my wife asked me what did you think? I just smiled :) I said yes not a bad film,(massive white lie) but deep down in side I wanted to snap the Blu-ray disc into two. Oh I wouldn't mind but the Blu-ray picture quality was awful, pretty much like the film. My wife has told me there has been a remake, looks like the pub for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 4 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Fame is a brilliant film. Why? The storyline attached to it, is an accurate and realistic portrayal of what reality is like for a group of students in a performing arts school over a course of four years.

The message conveyed is that it is not easy to achieve stardom, unless you demonstrate sheer dedication and commitment in achieving the goals. The film shows that the fortunes are mixed for various characters. The issue of stardom is really well tackled. I found certain scenes touching and emotional and I felt genuine sympathy for the frustration certain characters experienced. The film is inspirational, as in the sense that many realities TV shows today's, have opened up opportunities to achieve stardom, but in an ideal world is not easy to achieve. You neither got it nor have not. The show business theme is fascinating and interesting to know about.

The film is set in the 1980's, and is a little outdated in terms of fashion and technology. Storyline, powerful characters and background music prompts a positive review. I really enjoyed the film and found it entertaining, but a little emotional. Fame is a superb musical film for all to enjoy and a great DVD to include in your collection. The extras accompanying the DVD are first class. Absolutely brilliant stuff and I could not ask for any more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "magickal_faeriewitch322" on 7 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
the words "Fame!, i'm gunna live forever". they just stick clear in my mind after watching this jaw-dropping, heart stopping show. it is a fantastic show to watch with all of the family. the singing, dancing is like you have never seen it sung and danced before!
BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Tony Fox on 17 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is totally "NUTS"! Is this what it's like at the Acadamy of performing ARTS! Is there any TALENT! I went to the "Guildhall school of Music" in which i was Merited Six times! Thats London folks,and i walked out on one test,i was very temperemental. So this film gives me a very quick look to see how they do in New York. Understanderbly frustrating especially when you can't sing or dance in the 1st stages. So GREAT FILM. Irene Cara exceptional,as she DID NOT go to the Academy in real life,although she did apply at one point. Can't understand the bit where she had to get her Tits out to an unknown cameraman! She learnt,but sang Two terrific songs "Fame" and "Out here on my own" BUY THIS,was a hit film in the U.K. in 1982 because of the T.V. series. This film is 1980. Cool!!
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