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Almost Famous

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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It's the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there's a lot more to write home about than the music.
Title: Almost famous
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Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, [2001]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Dreamworks Pictures and Columbia Pictures present a Vinyl Films production ; produced by Cameron Crowe, Ian Bryce ; written and directed by Cameron Crowe
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: the making of Almost famous; production notes; cast; filmmakers; theatrical trailer; the Rolling stone articles; Fever dog music video
Originally released as motion picture in 2000
For specific features see interactive menu
Summary: It's the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there's a lot more to write home about than the music.
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes: Best picture (comedy/musical), Best supporting actress (Hudson); Academy Award: Best writing
ISBN: 0783256434
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy ALMOST
Credits: Director of photography, John Toll; editors, Joe Hutshing, Saar Klein; music supervisor, Danny Bramson; score, Nancy Wilson.
Performers: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
System Details: DVD format
Other Language: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Rock music 1971-1980 Drama Journalists Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Comedy films
Topical Term: Rock music
Journalists
Publisher No: 87818 DreamWorks
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Aug 25, 2014
  • jerrym rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

One of millions who grew up in the era, so really wanted to like this. Music and actual events could have been foremost, but instead the 'class project' nature of the scenes distracted. Director seemed too impressed with reminisces during the period to present clear scenes-whether fiction or not. Did enjoy a few clever moments, but never enough to call it a good movie.

Dec 23, 2013
  • gonzo1066 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this film, I watch it at least twice a year.. This captures the late 60s early 70s so well I feel that I was there.

Jul 27, 2013
  • moviefan721 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best movies ever made. Cameron Crowe's best movie. Perfectly captures the era of rock music and what it would have felt like to hang around with an up and coming band around that time.

Jun 03, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the rare films to perfectly capture a time period, a mood, and a musical genre without wallowing in nostalgia . In 1976, William, a 15 year old aspiring rock writer, nabs the chance of a lifetime: a Rolling Stone profile of rising band Stillwater. On tour with the band, William becomes the group pet, teased yet respected by the musicians and their entourage, especially charismatic guitarist Russell and the deceptively childlike groupie Penny Lane.As William matures, professionally, emotionally and sexually; he realizes that he may have as much to teach Russell and Penny as they do him. Perfectly cast, with Billy Crudup as Russell, Kate Hudson as Penny and a fierce Frances McDormand as William's non-nonsense mother (the scene where she gives Russell a well-deserved dressing down is priceless).

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my absolute favourite films. I love it. It's a great story, meaningful, comedic a great deal of the time, but with a touch of meaning. These are great characters and they come to life. It's so entertaining I could watch it over and over. I highly recommend this film to everyone.

Dec 29, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This well constructed "coming of age" semi-autobiographical film definitely deserved the awards it received. Produced, written, & directed by Cameron Crowe ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "Say Anything", "Jerry Maguire"), who actually was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. Amazing. Great cast. Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand... Billy Crudup nailed the part of 'Russell Hammond'. Cameos by a young Zooey Deschanel, a dorky Jimmy Fallon, Peter Frampton (who also did some tech. consulting for 'Stillwater'). Dynamite soundtrack -- made me nostalgic. I loved it.

Mar 14, 2012
  • howardpoole rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How did this little gem hide away from me for so long? I know it got good reviews, but I just never found the time. It was well worth it. Funny at parts, and deeply moving in others. The cast was wonderful. Don't wait as long as me to see it.

Jan 13, 2012
  • gandhi_senn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Had no expectations (perhaps something trite and campy) but was pleasantly surprised to find this amazing film. Was even more fascinated by the non-fictional story of director Cameron Crowe's life.

Mar 28, 2011
  • badass456 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is me during High School

Sep 23, 2010
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite movie. Has had a major impact on my professional life, on the way I view celebrity in general, and on my feelings toward the difference between art and entertainment. A truly fantastic film, with brilliant performances, especially from the young actor playing our protagonist. Frances McDormand deserves special kudos, for portraying a highly educated, truly smothering matriarch without becoming a villainous character we want to avoid.

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May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 03, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Dec 20, 2009
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ALMOST FAMOUS tells the story of a fifteen-year-old boy who is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about Stillwater, an up-and-coming rock band, as he accompanies them on their concert tour during the 1970s. It contains semi-autobiographical details of Cameron Crowe's life.

Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Jun 03, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reported William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there's a lot more to write home about than the music.

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Jun 03, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jun 03, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"If you think Mick Jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken."

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Aw, man. You made friends with them. See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong."

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"All right. But I'm just going to say this, and I'm going to stand by it. You should be really proud of him. 'Cause I know men, and I'll bet you do, too. And he respects women, and he likes women, and let's just pause and appreciate a man like that. You created him out of thin air, and you raised him right, and we're all looking out for him. He's doing a great job, and don't worry: he's still a virgin. And that's more than I've ever said to my own parents. So there you go... This is the maid speaking, by the way."

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Look at this: an entire generation of Cinderellas and there's no slipper coming."

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We are not groupies. Groupies sleep with rock stars because they want to be near someone famous. We are here because of the music, we inspire the music. We are Band Aids."

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Show me any guy who ever said he didn't want to be popular, and I'll show you a scared guy. I've studied the entire history of music. Most of the time, the best stuff is the popular stuff. It's much safer to say popularity sucks, because that allows you to forgive yourself if you suck. And I don't forgive myself. Do you?"

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"The war is over. They won. And 99% of what passes for rock 'n' roll these days, silence is more compelling. That's why I think you should just turn around and go back, you know, and be a lawyer or somethin'. But I can tell from your face that you won't. I can give you 35 bucks. Give me a thousand words on Black Sabbath... Hey, you have to make your reputation on being honest and, uh, you know, unmerciful... If you get into a jam, you can call me. I stay up late."

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"God, it's gonna get ugly, man. They're gonna buy you drinks. You're gonna meet girls, they're gonna try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs. I know. It sounds great, but these people are not your friends. You know, these are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of rock stars. And they will ruin rock 'n' roll, and strangle everything we love about it, right? You know, because they're trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously and righteously dumb. Now, you're smart enough to know that. And the day it ceases to be dumb is the day that it ceases to be real, right? And then it just becomes an industry of cool."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lester Bangs: "Good looking people... they've got no spine... their art never lasts... and they get the girls. But we're smarter... Yeah - cuz great art is about guilt... and longing... and love disguised as sex... and sex disguised as love..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lester Bangs: "Be honest... and UNMERCIFUL..."

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Mar 03, 2013
  • Red_Sox rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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