FM

Overview

When a radio station's management announces that there's going to be an upswing in commercials on the air, with a strong emphasis on ads for the U.S. Army, the anti-establishment deejays form a united front against the "suits." With station manager Jeff Dugan's Michael Brandon unofficial approval, the other employees hijack the station, playing the kind of music they like before the authorities can arrive. Martin Mull appears in his feature-film debut as a zoned-out record spinner. In addition, the film includes ...
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Overview

When a radio station's management announces that there's going to be an upswing in commercials on the air, with a strong emphasis on ads for the U.S. Army, the anti-establishment deejays form a united front against the "suits." With station manager Jeff Dugan's Michael Brandon unofficial approval, the other employees hijack the station, playing the kind of music they like before the authorities can arrive. Martin Mull appears in his feature-film debut as a zoned-out record spinner. In addition, the film includes live appearances by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty, and REO Speedwagon.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although overall FM is nothing more than a mediocre (and thoroughly dishonest) comedy, it does have a certain appeal for those who were in high school in the late 1970s and relish the opportunity of hearing a little vintage Linda Ronstadt or Eagles. It also boasts a pretty decent cast, although none of them are really utilized appropriately or shown off to their best advantage. Martin Mull comes off the best, turning in a performance which, if not galvanizing, is still quite amusing. Eileen Brennan also does very well with the little she is given to play, and Cleavon Little and Michael Brandon try hard. John J. Alonzo's direction is unfocused and lacks pacing. But it's the dishonesty of the picture that works against it the most: the plot is entirely synthetic, not to mention trite and clich├ęd, and the idea that a radio station could call itself an alternative rock station when it seems to play nothing but singles from mainstream artists such as Boston, Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffett and the Eagles, is laughable. Mind you, the soundtrack is enjoyable; it just isn't appropriate for the kind of station this film is supposed to be about.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • UPC: 013131063431
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Collector's Edition
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey Regis Lamar
Linda Ronstadt Herself
Jimmy Buffett Himself
Janet Brandt Alice
Kevin Cronin
Peter Fox
Bruce Hall
Terry Jastrow Michael J. Carlyle
John Larson
David Matthau
Paul Menzel
Robert Patten Jack Rapp
REO Speedwagon Themselves
Brenda Venus Delores Deluxe
Roberta Wallach Shari Smith
Cissy Wellman Maggie
Karen Ciral Buxom Blonde
Don Dolan Police Captain
Tom Petty Himself
Technical Credits
John A. Alonzo Director
Bruce Bisenz Sound/Sound Designer
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Gourson Editor
Rand Holston Producer
Robert Larson Producer
David Myers Cinematographer, Editor
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Ezra Sacks Screenwriter
Richard Sawyer Production Designer
Steely Dan Songwriter
Kent Warner Costumes/Costume Designer
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