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Almost Famous (2000)

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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

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Cameron Crowe

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Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Russell Hammond
Frances McDormand ... Elaine Miller
Kate Hudson ... Penny Lane
Jason Lee ... Jeff Bebe
Patrick Fugit ... William Miller
Zooey Deschanel ... Anita Miller
Michael Angarano ... Young William
Anna Paquin ... Polexia Aphrodisia
Fairuza Balk ... Sapphire
Noah Taylor ... Dick Roswell
John Fedevich John Fedevich ... Ed Vallencourt
Mark Kozelek ... Larry Fellows
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Lester Bangs
Liz Stauber ... Leslie
Jimmy Fallon ... Dennis Hope
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Storyline

The early 1970s. William Miller is 15-years old and an aspiring rock journalist. He gets a job writing for Rolling Stone magazine. His first assignment: tour with the band Stillwater and write about the experience. Miller will get to see what goes on behind the scenes in a famous band, including the moments when things fall apart. Moreover, for him, it will be a period of new experiences and finding himself. Written by grantss

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Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it.


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Rated R for language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Vinyl Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Uncool See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,314,646, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

$32,534,850

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,848,839
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Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (DVD extended cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kirsten Dunst auditioned for and almost got the role of Penny, but the part went to Kate Hudson instead. See more »

Goofs

In the Untitled version, when William and Lester Bangs are alone on the San Diego corner, just after Lester refers to "his many fans", a 1990s Obey Giant (aka "Andre Has a Posse") poster is on the traffic box on the left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elaine Miller: I can't believe you wanna be Atticus Finch. Oh, that makes me feel so good.
Young William: I like him.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented in the form of notes being hand-written on a set of notecards. The hand writing the credits is director Cameron Crowe's. See more »

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At least one airline inflight version of this film completely cuts the flight/storm scene. See more »

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Referenced in Castle: Almost Famous (2010) See more »

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Go All the Way
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Performed by The Raspberries
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Outstanding
30 July 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

William has an overprotective mother, and his sister has already been driven away by her refusal to accept her children's ambitions and interests. William finds solace in his sister's music collection and begins to dream of a life as a rock journalist. At 15 William manages to land a assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to interview an up and coming band called Stillwater, and he quickly finds himself immersed in the life his mother so desperately wanted to protect him from.

And so the story begins, as William tours with the band, we are taken on a journey of mistrust, discovery, deceit and disappointment; interlaced with the hard truths about the bands lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, sex and music.

Almost Famous pulls no punches, and is a deep insight into the dream that became an ambition, that became a harsh reality.

Packed with top class performances all round and great music score Almost Famous delivers, and delivers with attitude and realism that is rarely captured on film.

A must see for Fans of the genre, but there's certainly enough here for everyone.

9/10


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