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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

Writer:

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Limited Release

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

At Continental Hyatt House, Vic the Led Zeppelin fan's T-shirt has song lyrics on it. The front says "To be a rock and not to roll", from "Stairway to Heaven". The back says "Have you seen the bridge?" from "The Crunge". See more »

Goofs

During the storm, the plane's engines are not audible, as if they were shut down. When the engines whine up again, the piston engines have acquired turbofans. 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 »

Alternate Versions

There are 3 hidden outtakes on the Director's Edition DVD: A scene where Penny Lane is saying Russell's girlfriend's name over and over again to get over the discomfort of it. Notice in the film Penny says she can't even say her name. Crowe says it was based on Truffaut's "Stolen Kisses". The clip of the shooting of the scene on the tour bus when Penny tells William that when they go to Morocco they'll have different names. The first take of the scene with William and Lester Bangs walking up the street. Crowe explains beforehand on the audio clip that when Phillip Seymour Hoffman broke character during the take he thought he heard somebody say "cut" when in fact nobody did. See more »

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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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Burn
Written by Ritchie Blackmore (as Richard Blackmore), David Coverdale, Jon Lord & Ian Paice
Performed by Deep Purple
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. & EMI Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Perhaps the Best Film of the Decade
8 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Almost Famous (2000)

**** (out of 4)

Cameron Crowe's masterpiece about high schooler William Miller (Patrick Fugit) who gets a job with Rolling Stone to do a story on an upcoming band named Stillwater. The young and naive kid gets to go out on the road with them where he quickly grows up and sees that the world isn't always perfect. ALMOST FAMOUS is one of the greatest coming of age movies ever made and it's perhaps the greatest love story to rock 'n roll ever filmed. I think a strong argument could also be made that it's the greatest film of the decade as well. There's so much love and passion during every single scene that you can't help but see and feel that this is Crowe's baby and it's easy to see why since much of this is based on his life growing up. This film contains so many terrific moments but I think what makes it so special are the various relationships that are built on the road. This includes William trying to mix it up with the band's guitar player (Billy Crudup) who refuses to give him an interview as well as the girl (Kate Hudson) that both of them love for different reasons. The overly worried mother (Frances McDormand) is perfectly written and thrown into the story for some comic relief but even the smaller characters are so well-written and detailed that by the time the movie is over it's almost like you've seen a documentary of a real band. Crowe's direction has never been better as this film has quite a bit of different emotions going for it yet he perfectly holds it together and really makes the film take off to levels one wouldn't expect. As a fan of rock and roll you have to love the behind-the-scenes look at a tour and the various problems that come from the sex and drugs. You also have to have fun and admire this young kid being able to go out on the road as this would be an ultimate dream job for many. The film mixes in some terrific music but the highlight is of course 'Tiny Dancer' from Elton John, which is without question one of the best and most magical scenes from any movie. The performances are all a major plus from the bigger acts to the smaller roles. Everyone fits their roles perfectly and help bring the story to life. ALMOST FAMOUS is a flawless picture that just keeps getting better with each new viewing. Some say the film is too soft and should have attacked the music harder or been more raw but I really disagree with these comments. The film is a love story to the music and one of the greatest out there.


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