Almost Famous

Almost Famous

DVD - 2001
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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.

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Somewhat based on the life of writer and director, Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous is a coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy who is offered the chance to write for Rolling Stone about a new rockband that’s on the come up. It's a love letter to 70s culture in the best way.

A movie about a young teen, who poses as an older rock journalist to follow the fictional band Stillwater on tour for Rolling Stone magazine. (We heard that the guitar playing was incendiary.)

When you get embedded on tour with a rock and roll band and live the high life.

Cameron Crowe's affectionate but unvarnished nod to his youth as a prodigious writer for "Rolling Stone" magazine blends humor, pathos, romance and sweetness to create an aching, accurate depiction of adolescence.


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bookie66
Apr 13, 2021

Promotes and panders to de-generate life-styles. Presents shallow life-styles as something glamorous or to aspire to. Very disappointed.

LPL_TraciB Mar 23, 2021

There is so much to love about this film and I never get tired of watching it. Filled with an all-star cast, this film set in the 70s still holds up today even though it came out 20+ years ago. With putting Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, & Jason Lee (among others) all in the same film, you can’t go wrong. Patrick Fugit is fantastic as the fifteen-year-old aspiring rock journalist William Miller. It’s sweet. It’s funny. It’s a must watch.

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akirakato
Mar 21, 2021

This is NOT definitely my cup of green tea, but for rock'n roll crazy teenagers

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richibi
Feb 08, 2021

a love letter to the '70s, wonderful

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jmreid1220
Sep 30, 2020

An excellent cast, outstanding soundtrack, and a charming coming-of-age story loosely based on the life of writer/director Cameron Crowe. Almost Famous is highly recommended for fans of rock music or the 1970's vibe.

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mrb1987
Sep 28, 2020

one of the greatest movies of all time. great movie it really was. the story was amazing who could not like this soundtrack. it has a lot of 70's classic rock singers and bands. amazing the cast was unbelievably amazing. kate hudson is so beautiful and Patrick fuigit was 16 about rose's age. he was amazing as William miller.billy Crudup blew us out the door as Russell
Hammond.the rest was amazing includes the late great phillip Seymour Hoffman who we lost in 2014.very talented guy he really was. the movie left a huge legacy why they won't be another one like that again. it's all over.

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Lizarella
Apr 09, 2020

This is an excellent movie for fans of the rock 'n roll lifestyle.

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Les_J
Apr 05, 2019

One of the greatest hard rock movies ever. Depicting the early 1970s. Patrick Fugit as William Miller is the star.
Great appearances by Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Hudson, Lee, Zooey Deschanel, and especially Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs.

IndyPL_JarrodR Feb 04, 2019

A beautiful coming-of-age story that allows the viewer to go along on an adventure through 1970's rock and roll.
Excellent music, a stellar cast, and an enviable soundtrack.
Highly recommend this underrated film.

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renea70
May 07, 2018

One of my all time favorites, great cast, great music, great story. Every time I hear the song Tiny Dancer
I always think of this movie.

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Matinee
Dec 11, 2016

Lester Bangs: "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool."

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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."

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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."

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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."

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

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

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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."

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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?"

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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."

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

"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."

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Monolith
Feb 21, 2012

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

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May 27, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jun 03, 2010

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Dec 20, 2009

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britprincess1
May 27, 2013

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.

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phyllis49
Mar 13, 2012

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

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mbazal
Jun 03, 2010

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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mbazal
Jun 03, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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violet_gorilla_79
Jun 03, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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