Almost Famous [DVD] [2000]

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  • Release Date: 08/29/2017
  • Rating: R
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (126 out of 127)

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Almost Famous
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). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Patrick Fugit
    Patrick Fugit - William Miller
  • Billy Crudup
    Billy Crudup - Russell Hammond
  • Frances McDormand
    Frances McDormand - Elaine Miller
  • Kate Hudson
    Kate Hudson - Penny Lane
  • Jason Lee
    Jason Lee - Jeff Bebe



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Captures the essence of 70's rock.

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    BilB
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    This is a nostalgic look at the 1970's rock scene and the groupies that surrounded the stars. We're offered an inside glimpse of a rock tour through the eyes of a high school student put on assignment by Rolling Stone. The premise seems improbable but this is the fictionalized version of director Cameron Crowe's real life travels with various rock bands in the 1970's. His adventures are offered in composite form here. Patrick Fugit stands in as the young Crowe and offers a good combination of early innocence tempered by the inevitable jaded view of dealing with real people who just happen to be rock stars. Our idols don't always stand up to close scrutiny. If you want to report objectively, you're not going to be everyone's friend. Very good casting includes Frances McDormand as his strong but loving mother, Billy Crudup as the leader of the movie band Stillwater and Kate Hudson as a groupie that grabs that heart of the rock star and the reporter. In supporting roles are Jason Lee and Zooey Deschanel. Definitely worth seeing as a fine piece of film making plus the period sound track and fine performances all around

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A kid wanting too know more about rock stars!

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    Renthater
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    This film has adult scenes of crazy lifestyles. They are rockers hoping to make it to the top of the charts and enjoy life along the way. Kate Hudson's character, not a groupie, is an enthused groupie. The story revolves around her and some groupies hanging out with start up bands beginning their annual tour and a young teen hoping to get a good scoop about the band's life while on tour. It was very entertaining. I really liked it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Golden God!

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    JB19
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    Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut, is a must have! This director's edition delivers deeper story and character relationships, which only enhances an already classic story! A tale of director Cameron Crowe's experience as a teenage music reporter, Almost Famous takes us back to a time when the rock n' roll struggle mattered and truly meant something! Highly Recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "I am a Golden God"

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    wyattgene
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    "I am a Golden God"..... This movie was one of those pleasant surprises a few years back when flipping through the HBO channels. Awesome movie! Those are the best when you just stumble onto something! I think singing Elton John "Tiny Dancer" on the tour bus might have been the coolest scene of all. Pretty much sums up the whole movie really.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best movie about Rock and Roll ever made

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    JPthemoviebuff
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    Sorry Spinal Tap, but this was real. Based on director Cameron Crowe's early career as a rock critic, most of these people and events actually happened. (Allman Bros, Poco, Led Zep, The Who, Skynyrd, Frampton are all rolled up into a fictional band) Very affectionate, and very funny, look at life on the road in the early 70s.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good movie

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    lonewolf
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    A good movie by Cameron Crowe. Somewhat based on his youth as a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. If you like classic rock and the whole rock band scene you will enjoy this movie. Only thing that kept me from rating 5 stars is the special features. At the end some of the chapters it would just lock up in my player, movie played fine.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest rock movie ever

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    Rek10
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    Cameron crowe basically relating his life story is his gift to rock n roll, but it also a gift to those who have always dreamed of being involved in some way, especially given the era. A great time piece. Acting is genuine and how ingenious it was to cast fugit in the key role. He captured the "awe" as well as anyone could!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Glossy take on rock & rock "reality"

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    Coriolanus
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    This affectionate look at the rock & roll lifestyle is a little glossy for its own good, but strong performances and a killer soundtrack make it all go down smoothly. The hi-def bump doesn't work miracles, but enhanced sound and tons of bonus features make it a keeper for your movie library.

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