Almost FamousDirector: Cameron Crowe
Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist -- he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school -- inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey Deschanel) and William (Patrick Fugit). Anita rebels by dropping out of school and becoming a stewardess, but William makes something of his love of rock & roll by writing album reviews for a local underground newspaper. William's work attracts the attention of Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), editor of renegade rock magazine Creem, who takes William under his wing and gives him his first professional writing assignment -- covering a Black Sabbath concert. While William is unable to score an interview with the headliners, the opening act, Stillwater, are more than happy to chat with a reporter, even if he's still too young to drive, and William's piece on the group in Creem gains him a new admirer in Ben Fong-Torres (Terry Chen), an editor at Rolling Stone. Torres offers William an assignment for a 3,000-word cover story on Stillwater, and over the objections of his mother (whose parting words are "Don't use drugs!"), and after some stern advice from Bangs (who says under no circumstances should he become friends with a band he's covering), Williams joins Stillwater on tour, where he becomes friendly with guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee). William also becomes enamored of Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a groupie traveling with the band who is no older than William, but is deeply involved with Russell. Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres, incidentally, were real-life rock writers Crowe worked with closely during his days as a journalist. Almost Famous' original score was composed by Nancy Wilson of Heart (who is also Crowe's wife).
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Cast & Crew
|Patrick Fugit||William Miller|
|Billy Crudup||Russell Hammond|
|Frances McDormand||Elaine Miller|
|Kate Hudson||Penny Lane|
|Jason Lee||Jeff Bebe|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Lester Bangs|
|Zooey Deschanel||Anita Miller|
|Anna Paquin||Polexia Aphrodisia|
|Noah Taylor||Dick Roswell|
|John Fedevich||Ed Vallencourt|
|Bijou Phillips||Estrella Starr|
|Eion Bailey||Jann Wenner|
|Terry Chen||Ben Fong-Torres|
|Jimmy Fallon||Dennis Hope|
|Daniel Wilson||Journalism Teacher|
|Jay Baruchel||Vic Munoz|
|John Patrick Amedori||Himself|
|Michael Angarano||Young William Miller|
|Conny Boettger-Marinos||Set Decoration/Design|
|Danny Bramson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Charisse Cardenas||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Dennison||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Marty P. Ewing||Associate Producer|
|Robert Greenfield||Set Decoration/Design|
|Clay Griffith||Art Director|
|Clayton R. Hartley||Art Director|
|Betsy Heimann||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Scott M. Martin||Associate Producer|
|Virginia Randolph-Weaver||Art Director|
|Steven P. Saeta||Associate Producer|
|Mindi Toback||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jeff Wexler||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nancy Wilson||Score Composer|
|Jerry Ziesmer||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
0. Scene Index.
0. Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 02:03:05
1. The Chipmunk Song. [:21]
2. Sparks. [:08]
3. Search and Destroy. [3:23]
4. Teacher. [4:55]
5. Your Move. [3:13]
6. Fever Dog. [:20]
7. Something in the Air. [4:46]
8. Go All the Way. [3:14]
9. Simple Man. [2:13]
10. That's the Way. [3:13]
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. [2:07]
12. Future Games. [1:56]
13. Tiny Dancer. [5:20]
14. Reeling in the Years. [:04]
15. Love Comes and Goes. [3:39]
16. The Wind. [5:28]
17. Slip Away. [2:19]
18. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters. [3:31]
19. My Cherie Amour. [3:33]
20. Cabin in the Sky. [2:04]
21. Brutalis. [4:07]
22. The Rain Song. [:16]
23. Tangerine. [3:30]
24. Feel Flows. [6:12]
The Making Of Almost Famous
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Clay A. Griffith
Clayton R. Hartley
The Rolling Stone Articles
Rolling Stone December 6, 1973
Rolling Stone March 13, 1975
Rolling Stone August 14, 1975
Rolling Stone February 10, 1977
Rolling Stone March 24, 1977
Rolling Stone May 19, 1977
Rolling Stone July 26, 1977
"Fever Dog" Music Video
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5.1 Dolby Digital
2.0 Dolby Digital
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In my opinion, one of the top 5 greatest American movies of all time, along with The French Connection, Field of Dreams, Sunset Boulevard and The Birds. Just an unbelievable movie, with the greatest soundtrack ever (sorry Easy Rider, but you were a close second). Wasn't surprised that it wasn't nominated for Best Picture, as it's just way too hip for the Hollywood establishment, but I was truly sickened when Kate Hudson didn't get Best Supporting Actress. Buy it, watch it, love it, again and again and again...
I thought the movie was really good. There was alot of quality to it. the acters were great too.The movie took me back to some fond memories I had at that age.Very good music selection in it also.Like Elton John,Led Zepplin...etc...!Dug it alot!
A nostalgic story of back in the day. Kate Hudson is charming in her breakthrough role as Penny Lane. Patrick Fugit is adorable, earnest and a voice of sanity as Cameron Crowe reporting on desire, ambition and betrayal in this drug-fueled laid-back hip world of wannabe rock stars and their hangers-on.
This is clearly won of the best movies to come along in years. It is fun, sad and very funny. I love billy crudup and patrick fugit, who give wonderful performances. Kate Hudson, however, is the star of this movie and gives a EXCELLENT performance. She definatly was snubbed for the oscar, because she deserved it! Frances McDormand also is hilarious as the mother. All I can say is it is a GREAT movie!
I am a little bias since I mainly listen to classic rock. I also wish I was able to live through the 60's and 70's to experience that culture since that seems more true to who I am. With that aside, I was really amazed how well the story was put together and how everything played out along with the acting. They did a great job recreating an era and the music in the movie is awesome! The fake band made of actors actually created a great band and I am happy one of their songs was included on the Almost Famous CD.
THIS MOVIE WAS A GOOD MOVIE. IT WAS SAD WHEN THE ENDING CAME.I WILL LOVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE MORE THAN ONCE AND I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE.
This longer, more detailed version of Almost Famous fills in lots of gaps for the viewer. Crowe's edit includes footage that gives each character more depth and it enables the viewer to better understand each charater's motivation(s). It includes two video disks (both cuts of the movie) and one audio disk. Crowe is very generous with bonus features on both disks. Included on disk #2 is the Cleveland concert. This concert footage captures all the nuances of an early-seventies concert and the sound is great. All sonds are complete from start to finish. The songs, ''Love Comes and Goes'' and ''Hour of Need'' are my favorites. Anyone interested in music will enjoy this DVD set along with the bonus features.
An incredible and not before seen look at a late seventies very hippie band. Confrontations, love, hate, fantastic music. A combination that results in one of my favourite movies.
Have you ever wnated to be famous? Or have you ever wanted to be close with your favorite star? Well. . . William Miller had that chance. He ceased that opportunity and went on tour with his favorite band, Stillwater! Along the way William meets tons of great people like Penny Lane the leader of the famous band-aids. She captivates him and the audiece with all of her intrigue and mystery. Shes fun and exciting. The first time she meets William she says that she would like to live in Morocco for one year then asks if he wants to come. These are the things youll come to expect from Penny! This movie was great with a great cast and a great soundtrack. I would recomend the movie to anyone.
This was great movie. The cast was terrific, especially Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson. Wonderful script, funny and touching at times. Great music, but they should've used some Alice Cooper because he was big in 1973, when this movie took place. Still it's an excellent film, and deserved the Oscar it received for best screenplay.
This movie is so moving, and so fun. The characters are so real and likeable. You will fall in love with these characters and become a part of this boy's life. I definitely recommend it to anyone that loves good music and a good-feeling type movie. Two thumbs up!
You can't put into words why this film is so good it's just a great, happy feeling when you watch it. ''Life should make you feel, art should make you feel GOOD.'' And that is exactly what this wonderful film does.
this movie was touching but not in a smotheringly sweet way. it especially appealed to my warped sense of humor which i rarely find in movies. definitely watch it before you buy it though because it isn't for everyone... especially people who are easily bored or who don't like paying attention to movies. WARNING: This ones a thinker. but that's why i l
With the rock and roll era of the 1970s as its backdrop, "Almost Famous" tells a great coming-of-age story in life, love, and achieving dreams.
This is a great movie. Crowes real life experiences give a good viewpoint into the lives of rockstars and adds a humanizing effect that is generally lacking in movies about them. This is simply a really good movie.
I love this film! It's very funny and witty, and there's a sweet bunch of love stories, and of course you just love William's personality changes through the course of the film. There's inventive, quirky characters like my favorite, Lester Bangs, who spouts rock philosophies that I quote to my friends (''The only true currency in this corrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're not cool.'' RIght on!). A great film, go see it...and then buy it!!!
this movie is sweet and lovely and full of trivial detail. It is wholly lacking any sense of the reality of life in a rock band. The story is loosely based on Crowe's experience on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd, but it seems more like life on the road with New Kids on the Block. Crowe seems so desperate for broad commercial acceptance, that he makes the sleazy musicians into sweethearts who just need to be understood. Utterly watchable, but instantly forgettable. Like a lousy pop song, left me feeling more manipulated than moved.
Almost Famous became my favorite movie after watching it once. It's a great coming-of-age movie for anyone to watch. I liked this movie so much, that I'm buying it on DVD. There were a few emotional parts for me during the movie. I don't know why I broke down and cried because I thought this movie was supposed to be up beat and happy. Well I was wrong. Cameron Crowe can write a real tear jerker.
Others have adequately praised this movie in their comments. I just want to say that it's one of those movies that I have watched dozens of times -- either in its entirety or from whatever point it's at when I run across it in progress on cable TV. The music is cool, the band is cool, but that's a backdrop. This movie is about how the characters discover things about themselves and each other while they're on tour. Anyway, I recommend it because you'll be glad to watch it more than once and that's why we buy DVDs, right?
While most movies show the seventies as a hyped up, do whatever you want life. Almost Famous shows the real influence of music, drugs, and celebrities. When I first saw Almost Famous I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of Patrick Fugit's character,and his easy view on life. Kate Hudson does a great job acting like a fan whoose only purpose in life is to follow the music. The movie combines the great music and the feel of the seventies showing us the real world of rock n'roll through the eyes of a teenager.
this movie made me all warm and fazy inside. it it trully the greatest one of the year. funny and moving