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FM (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 April 1978 (USA)
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A mutiny ensues when a radio station's management decides to increase the number of commercials, including army recruitment ads. Rebellious DJs and other employees hijack the station and play only music before the authorities intervene.

Director:

John A. Alonzo

Writer:

Ezra Sacks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Brandon ... Jeff Dugan
Eileen Brennan ... Mother
Alex Karras ... Doc Holiday
Cleavon Little ... Prince
Martin Mull ... Eric Swan
Cassie Yates ... Laura Coe
Norman Lloyd ... Carl Billings
Jay Fenichel ... Bobby Douglas
James Keach ... Lt. Reach
Joe Smith Joe Smith ... Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey Tom Tarpey ... Regis Lamar
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Alice
Mary Torrey Mary Torrey ... Cathy
Roberta Wallach ... Shari Smith
Terry Jastrow ... Michael J. Carlyle
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Storyline

Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. It has led them to a ratings success. The interesting radio personalities include: Jeff Dugan, rebellious head of the radio station; Mother, who is burned out from being a DJ; Eric Swan, a self centered romantic who wants more than just being a DJ; The Prince of Darkness, the hip night DJ; and Laura Coe, the easy-going type. The movie focuses on the battle between Jeff and his corporate bosses, who want more advertising and less music. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiebre musical See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The advertisement that was presented by the men in military uniforms was an actual advertisement for the delayed entry program which offered new recruits the opportunity to "grow your hair one more time". It was an attempt to make the Army more hip in light of the changing culture shortly after the Vietnam war. See more »

Goofs

When Dolores Deluxe exits her corvette, there is a man (perhaps not an extra) who stares at her as she enters the building. He actually briefly stops to watch the entire scene be filmed. See more »

Quotes

Eric Swan: [while getting a call on the air] Oh, bless you.
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Soundtracks

Love Me Tender
Written by Vera Matson & Elvis Presley Performed
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
Courtesy of ASYLUM Records
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Forgettable Story , Memorable Music
13 May 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

This movie was very popular in 1978, largely on the strength of it's soundtrack. FM radio itself was just busting out in many smaller towns and the idea of this whole new spectrum of radio sound was a very new thing. This movie is the story of one LA FM station, they play cool music, promote cool concerts and take over the station when things go wrong for them. The story is largely forgettable, but in all actuality, it was all a promotion for the double-LP soundtrack ( now to be found in almost any thrift shop in the US ). Steely Dan make a good showing as does Linda Ronstadt. Jimmy Buffett does well also, this was just before he started becoming just a parody of himself as he began catering more to an audience of drunken yuppie "parrotheads". It's hard to want to recommend this movie, if you are interested in the time and the music back then, definately go see this. If you are a fan of "WKRP in Cincinatti", and heard that that TV show was based on this one, don't go in expecting a movie version of WKRP.


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