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A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 6.4/10 (9,418 voted)

Alan Parker

Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri

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. They are the brazen Coco Hernandez, shy Doris Finsecker, sensitive gay Montgomery MacNeil, and brash, abrasive Raul Garcia.


Eddie Barth


Irene Cara

Coco Hernandez

Lee Curreri

Bruno Martelli

Laura Dean

Lisa Monroe

Antonia Franceschi

Hilary van Doren

Boyd Gaines


Albert Hague

Mr. Shorofsky – Music Teacher

Tresa Hughes

Mrs. Finsecker

Steve Inwood

François Lafete

Paul McCrane

Montgomery MacNeil

Anne Meara

Mrs. Sherwood – English Teacher

Joanna Merlin

Miss Berg – Dance Teacher

Barry Miller

Ralph Garci
Raul Garcia

Jim Moody

Mr. Farrell – Drama Teacher

Gene Anthony Ray

Leroy Johnson

Remember my name…

Release Date: 16 May 1980

Filming Locations: Church of Saint Mary the Virgin 145 West 46th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $118,160
(18 May 1980)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $21,202,829

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Original title for the movie was to be "Hot Lunch," but because an X-rated movie on release at the time had the same title, the production opted for "Fame" instead.


When Ralph auditions for the music teacher, the music teacher's actions with his pen are not continuous between shots.


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User Review

The last of the 70's movies

Rating: 10/10

'Fame' (1980) is brilliant. It's got all these qualities that made the late
70's movies so great. It is proud of its directness and not ashamed of being
over the top.

What really matters here, is the journey, not the destination. Ignorant
idiots with soap opera mentality, will never realize that 'Fame' is about
the struggles, anxieties and triumphs of these young people, not about their

Ironically enough, none of the very talented actors of 'Fame' made it in
Hollywood. 'Fame' marked the end of an era. The end of artistic freedom and
experimentation and the beginning of commercialization and political
correctness. It's the last statement of a generation that had a voice of its