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Fame (1980)

Fame was essentially an excuse for lots of limbs and leotards, and catchy music such as the title track sung by Irene Cara.

A new school year has started at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, and a new batch of hopefuls is ready and waiting, each with a burning desire to succeed.

Eight of them begin to get to know one another and to share in each other’s triumphs and failures, happiness and heartbreaks – knowing that not all of them are going to make it.


As a teen movie, Fame is much more focused than the bulk of the 1980s Brat Pack genre, and the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of the young cast is awesome.

This celebration of youthful optimism put the New York School for the Performing Arts on the map, and sired a spin-off television series with many of the cast reprising their roles for 60 hour-long episodes between 1982 and 1987.

Lydia Grant
Debbie Allen
Bruno Martelli 

Lee Curreri
Leroy Johnson 

Gene Anthony Ray
Prof. Benjamin Shorofsky 

Albert Hague

Alan Parker