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Fame (1980)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:May 19, 1980
Running time:134 minutes
Cast:Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi
Director:Alan Parker
Producer:David De Silva, Alan Marshall
Writer:Christopher Gore
Distributor:MGM

Description: 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

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