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Fame (2009)

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An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

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Kevin Tancharoen

Writers:

Allison Burnett (screenplay), Christopher Gore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Panabaker ... Jenny Garrison
Walter Perez ... Victor Tavares
Naturi Naughton ... Denise Dupree
Asher Monroe ... Marco (as Asher Book)
Kherington Payne ... Alice Ellerton
Collins Pennie ... Malik Washburn
Kristy Flores Kristy Flores ... Rosie Martinez
Paul McGill ... Kevin Barrett
Bebe Neuwirth ... Ms. Kraft
Paul Iacono ... Neil Baczynsky
Charles S. Dutton ... Mr. James Dowd
Kelsey Grammer ... Mr. Martin Cranston
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ... Joy
Megan Mullally ... Ms. Fran Rowan
Debbie Allen ... Ms. Angela Simms
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An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Welcome to love, friendship, talent, heartbreak, passion. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fama See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011,682, 27 September 2009

Gross USA:

$22,455,510

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,211,836
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A photograph is shown of Ms. Kraft (Bebe Neuwirth) with Broadway stage legend Chita Rivera. Rivera notably played the role of Velma Kelly in the original 1975 Broadway production of Chicago. Neuwirth also played Velma Kelly when Chicago was revived on Broadway in 1996. Both actresses received Tony Award nominations for their portrayals of the same character, with Neuwirth winning the honor. Velma Kelly's signature song "All That Jazz" is performed by a male student early in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Marco is playing the piano at his parent's restaurant, the song he is playing is filled with sustained chords and legato melodies; which would require the foot pedal to be used quite often in order to achieve the sound that is heard. However, when the camera pans back to show underneath the piano, the pedal is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Garrison: There are some things success is not. It's not fame. It's not money or power. Success is waking up in the morning so excited about what you have to do that you literally fly out the door. It's getting to work with people you love. Success is connecting with the world and making people feel. It's finding a way to bind together people who have nothing in common but a dream. It's falling asleep at night knowing you did the best job you could. Success is joy and freedom and friendship. And success ...
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Soundtracks

You Took Advantage of Me
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Megan Mullally
Produced by Raney Shockne
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What a waste of time!
30 September 2009 | by ashtonskakleSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the old version, so i can't compare it to the old version.

Before i went in i wasn't expecting much, to me it looked like a hip-hop dance film, which would be pretty similar to the likes of Step Up 2: The Streets. But i was pleasantly surprised to see it was not another remake of Step up, but equally disappointed to find no real interest in this film. Not only did two people i went with fall asleep, the characters were so unlikeable, i felt myself coming out the cinema wondering why i spent my time even going.

Strip away the fancy lighting, music and camera work and you're left with nothing less than a cast of one dimensional, mundane, and unlikeable characters. The movie is only 90 minutes long and with 10 main character story lines to follow, there wasn't much depth to them. I don't think i can even name any of them.

I don't even know why any of the characters would want to go study at this preforming arts school to start with, none of them seemed to improve during the four years they study there. And also a big emphasis is made how lucky they are to be in this school, yet most of the main characters leave the school before the four years is up...i didn't get that point? And the most important disappointing factor in the whole movie - there was no hot male lead! Only one guy came close and even then he wasn't much of a looker. Definitely a thumbs down for that aspect of the film.

So overall Fame is not as dazzling and inspiring as it may seem and it was pretty much a waste of 90 minutes of my life.


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