Almost Famous
Almost Famous
R | 15 September 2000 (USA)
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In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and lead singer Jeff Bebe.


Good story, Not enough for a whole film

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Your blood may run cold, but you now find yourself pinioned to the story.

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It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny

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A clunky actioner with a handful of cool moments.

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Sam Thompson

A deep, thrilling, heartbreaking movie that touches on issues you're either too young to understand, or old enough to wish you had them again. It serves to remind that life is what you make of it, so make it worth it.A must watch for the hopeless romantics; a bold choice for the faint of heart. Enjoy.

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This is one of my favourite musical films. A 15 year old boy William miller (patrick fugit) who comes from a rather strict home, wants to be a writer and when rolling stone sends him to interview bands he meets up with some amazing free spirited characters who whisk him up and take him on tour. This is another story were it isn't about the story and is more about the characters and the journey.Patrick fugit is amazing as william an impressionable young boy who is flung in to this world of free love, music, sayings and nicknames on a tour that you wish will never end.Frances Mcdorman is so funny as williams strict mother who is a teacher and proclaims to her class rockstars have kidnapped my son before running out the room. And also a great performance from Zooey Deschanel as williams sister Anita.Billy Crudup, Jason lee are part of the band stillwater who are the up and coming rock band on the brink of stardom but as they get closer the fractures in their band start to appear and rivalries become apparent.Noah Taylor as Dick the bands manager is also funny .He has been with them since the beginning. Also got to mention Jimmy Fallon for his character who takes over the band from Dick.Now my favourite characters are the band aides; Kate Hudson as miss Penny Lane the funniest, free spirited groupie, she fell in love with music and never went home. Anna Paquin as Polexia Aphrodisia is a sort of mysterious character we really don't find much about her but i am drawn to her. Fairuza Balk as the mother figure for the band aides sapphire and bijou phillips as Estrella Starr. Also great performance from Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

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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.Wonderfully warm and engaging drama from writer-director Cameron Crowe. The movie is essentially a biography of Crowe's teenage years, with a few names and bands changed, and you can feel the personal investment he has in the movie.Quite nostalgic too, as you think about how great it was as a teenager, discovering and experiencing new things. Has the other Cameron Crowe hallmark: a fantastic soundtrack (well, he was a rock journalist, remember...). Stillwater may be a fictitious band but the music is genuine. Cameron Crowe won the 2001 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his efforts.

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It's really a piece of art. I'd place it in same category as contemporary period dramas like Forrest Gump - a rich and detailed story line accentuated by its characteristic soundtrack. The plot is based on golden age of rock 'n roll - early 70s. The story line works on parallels: much like the music of that time, the young protagonist also faces some moral dilemmas early on during his adolescence - should he continue to remain a mama's boy and do as told or should he give in to the temptation of experimenting and temptation of drugs. And the movie very carefully shows us two-three parallel journeys of realization: first one, the young and fascinated teen who realizes that best place to be is at home; second one, a rock star who reconciles to reality that true companionship is most important and third, the fan girl who decides to move on in life (well, there were more but these are the top three). It's a movie well deserving of an academy award for screenplay because the director/writer actually didn't get seduced only by the music.

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