Published April 22, 2022


Film info

  • Title Fame
  • Director Alan Parker
  • Year 1980
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Music, Drama
  • Tagline If they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got

Follow the heartaches and triumphs of a group of talented students as they struggle to graduate from New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:52 Woah, way before the helicopters attacked!
3:44 People acting acting boggles my mind.
6:07 “My son’s head is in to the future.”
15:09 I didn’t know there was a Freddie Prinze Sr.
26:20 “You better like yourself a lot, because that’s all you have to work with.”
35:09 The acting class looks terrifying.
38:54 “I’m about as flamboyant as a bagel.”
50:14 If he came in playing piano, he can’t be expected just to be fab at violin, surely?
55:35 Wow, Bruno is way ahead of his time.
1:00:18 I thought this happened at the end!
1:02:09 “Hey, move your fucking parade.”
1:10:23 A good monologue can really draw you in. Love it.
1:12:30 The best of Playboy. “It’s reading, ain’t it?”
1:24:15 I love the joke about the thief spending less on the cards.
1:35:07 Monty is adorable.
1:37:59 She’s seen Rocky Horror 150 times???
1:43:41 “It was more than incredible, it was fun.” I think incredible is better than fun.
1:51:42 I love in a scene when you can tell whether cups have liquid in them or not.
2:04:34 “Maybe you never know. You just, hang in, I guess.”


I can’t believe I’ve never seen this film before. Oddly, I have read the novelisation of the movie, and have dug out that book from a dusty old box, ready to read again. So I knew what was coming up but still wasn’t quite prepared for it. It was so good! So ahead of its time, in casting, in the issues on show, in the way it was just a snapshot in the life of these kids that comes to no specific conclusion but let’s them get on with their life afterwards.

That is both a good and a bad thing… I felt like there was so much more that could be told - it’s not a surprise to me to read the trivia that Alan Parker had 10 hours of footage that he had to whittle down to this more respectable 2 hours. I wanted to know more, was the sister okay, what happened with the teacher and her husband, did Leroy learn to read or just scrape by, did the suicidal girl try harder at drama or still half-ass it, etc. etc.

But still, loved it.

Rating: 5 / 5

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