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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 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 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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Trivia

References to The Allman Brothers Band:
  • A ticket stub from an Allman Brothers concert is briefly visible in the opening scene,
  • A black-and-white photo of the fictional band Stillwater echoes the Allman Brothers' famous "Live at the Fillmore East" album cover
  • The character Red Dog is named after one of the Allman Brothers' famous roadies, Joseph L. Campbell (aka The Legendary Red Dog)
  • Allman Brothers' music plays on the tour bus
  • At the end of the movie, when Russell is in William's bedroom, he stands in front of a poster of the Allman Brothers' "Live at the Fillmore East" album cover.
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Goofs

When the tour bus passes a group of high school girls jogging, Penny waves to the girls first from the passing bus, which makes the girls wave back. A moment later she extends her middle finger to them which makes the girls vocally react. Unless the bus was passing by them at a crawling speed, it is impossible for the girls to see Penny's waving turning to a middle finger at a bus moving that quickly on the road. 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

This motion picture is a work of fiction. The character "Penny Lane" is loosely based on an actual person. Most of the other characters in this photoplay, and all events, are fictitious." See more »

Alternate Versions

The extended 'bootleg cut' version available on DVD features 39 minutes of additional footage, bringing the running time at 162 minutes. This version is actually titled 'Untitled' and has a title card as such in Cameron Crowe's handwriting. See more »

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Wonderfuly captured piece of time that breaks the age barrier and pulls all generations in
23 September 2000 | by KaksmackSee all my reviews

As I exited the movie theater after viewing Cameron Crows latest adventure, I was struggling with what to say to my date. As I didnt want to just sit there and say nothing, I was forced to due to so many feelings and thoughts about Almost Famous. Luckily, she felt the same way and so for a few moments we just sat there, staring off into the screen, wishing, wanting, and feeling for that movie. It was so nicely done. From the acting, brilliantly handled, to the directing, never camrons problem, down to the sets, costumes, audio, and other wonderfully placed visuals. Not only was the movie well thought out, but it became one of those rare films in which everyone, boy girl, man woman, could feel for at least one person, part, event. I would reccomend anyone I know to see this movie. It was a chance to take yourself away from your own problems and let you watch someone elses moving you all the way through. ****/****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$47,383,689
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Technical Specs

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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