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Loved It!

by Heather Feather on 5/14/2007

This is one of my favorite movies. There's love, fame and adventure. Oh to be young again and live for the present day. The heart break helps to build character and teaches us that life goes on and we all grow up eventually. Read More

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Product Overview

The guys of stillwater have the sound, they have the look, and rolling stone magazine wants their story. For young reporter william miller, it's the opportunity of a lifetime as he hits the road with his favorite band and discovers the price of fame, the value of family and the limits of friendship.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 40148800
UPC 667068781823
UPC 14 00667068781823
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2006
Rating Rating
Keywords
Coming Of Age
Journalists/Journalism
Music
Rock And Roll
Rock Bands
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Cameron Crowe's career trajectory reads like a true Hollywood story--he started out as a 15-year-old writing for Rolling Stone magazine and eventually ended up writing, directing, and acting in movies. His poignant writing style reflects the nostalgia and humor of an era, with bits of pop culture and musical history and trivia woven in. This has proven to be a highly successful formula, as in the 1989 emo love story SAY ANYTHING, and the '90s grunge rocker hit SINGLES. ^Crowe's ALMOST FAMOUS is a semiautobiographical account that tells the story of a teen journalist, William Miller (Patrick Fugit), who goes on the road with an up-and-coming rock band called Stillwater. Though Miller's mentor, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs (portrayed with humor and heart by Philip Seymour Hoffman), cautions him not to befriend the musicians, Miller takes it a step further and befriends both the band and the Band-Aids--the girls who hang around with the band because they love the music. Miller is in for a wild ride around the country, to thrilling concerts and debauched backyard parties, living the life many 15-year olds dream about. He discovers that beneath the glittery façade of rock stardom are sometimes bittersweet life lessons and mild doses of heartbreak. More impacting are the friendships he finds with his glamorous travel companions. Newcomer Fugit is the perfect William Miller: baby-faced, slightly gawky, and an awestruck observer. Kate Hudson sparkles as Penny Lane, the leader of the Band-Aids, and Frances McDormand delivers a stellar performance as Elaine, Miller's protective and mildly paranoid mother. In the tradition of SAY ANYTHING and JERRY MAGUIRE, Crowe's coming-of-age tale is intelligent, well-written, and memorable.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Do not take drugs!"--Mrs. Miller (Frances McDormand), repeatedly throughout the film, to her son, William (Patrick Fugit)
Quote "How old are you?"--Penny Lane (Kate Hudson)|"18."--William|"Me too! How old are we really?|"17."--William|"Me too!"--Penny|"Actually, I'm 16."--William|"Me too. Isn't it funny? The truth just sounds different."--Penny|"I'm 15."--William
Quote "Rock & roll is a lifestyle...and a way of thinking, and it's not about money and 'popularity!' Although, some money would be nice....And the chicks are great."--Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee)
Quote "Opie must die!"--the Band-Aids (Fairuza Balk and Anna Paquin) to William
Quote "I am a golden god!"--Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup), standing on a rooftop at a party while on acid
Quote "Tell Rolling Stone that my last words were...'I'm on drugs!'"--Russell to William
Quote "Is it that hard to make us look cool?!"--Jeff
Quote "The only real currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with each other when we're being uncool."--Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to William
Quote "I know you've heard this before. And I have never said this to anybody, not really--well, nobody who didn't legally have to say it back to me, but--I love you, and I'm about to go where...many men have gone before."--William to Penny, while she's nearly passed out on drugs
Reviews
New York Times "...[Patrick Fugit] is remarkable in his first film role....Ms. Hudson and Mr. Crudup inhabit their roles with such mellow ease that the film opens up around them....In addition to Ms. McDormand and Mr. Hoffman, [Jason Lee and Fairuza Balk] are especially memorable..." 09/13/2000 pp.E1-5
USA Today "...Kate Hudson gets a chance to shine....[The] strengths here are the characters, performances and the command with which Crowe sets up his story..."--3.5 out of 4 stars 09/13/2000 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly "...Terrifically authentic and heartfelt..." -- Rating: A- 09/22/2000 p.52,Ranked #4 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000" 12/22/2000 pp.106-7
Sight and Sound "...Always a fluent writer of dialogue, Crowe puts some rip-roaring tirades in [the film]..." 01/01/2001 p.38-40,"An unusually sweet-natured take on the early-1970s rock scene..." 08/01/2005 p.33
Total Film "...Not only a glowing, effectively realized tribute to both the era and the music, but also a beautifully crafted coming-of-age drama..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/2001 p.84
Los Angeles Times "...Something to cherish and enjoy, an intimate yet universal film that will delight you and involve your heart..." 09/13/2000 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Oh, what a lovely film....ALMOST FAMOUS is funny and touching in so many different ways....It's a coming-of-age film, about an idealistic kid who sees the real world, witnesses its cruelties and heartbreaks, and yet finds much room for hope..." 09/15/2000 p.29
Directors
Cameron Crowe
Actors
Billy Crudup
Frances McDormand
Patrick Fugit
Kate Hudson
Cast & Crew
Anna Paquin - Actor
Bijou Phillips - Actor
Billy Crudup - Actor
Cameron Crowe - Writer
Cameron Crowe - Director
Cameron Crowe - Producer
Fairuza Balk - Actor
Frances McDormand - Actor
Ian Bryce - Producer
Jason Lee - Actor
Jimmy Fallon - Actor
John Toll - Director of Photography
Kate Hudson - Actor
Nancy Wilson - Musical Score
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 87818
UPC 00667068781823
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (2001) Kate Hudson, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Frances McDormand, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Cameron Crowe, Winner, Best Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
British Academy Awards (2001) Cameron Crowe, Winner, Best Original Screenplay,Doug Hemphill, et al., Winner, Best Sound,Kate Hudson, Nominee, Best Actress In A Leading Role,Frances McDormand, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (2001) Kate Hudson, Winner, Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,Frances McDormand, Nominee, Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,Cameron Crowe, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...The movie's real pleasures are to be found not in its story but in its profusion of funny, offbea
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Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review ...writer-director Cameron Crowe...used the free ride he earned with Jerry Maguire's success
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Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Crudup,Billy
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrew Johnston, US Weekly Funny and insightful!
Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC Enormously engaging and wonderfully nostalgic.
Mike Wilbur, NBC News Almost Famous rocks!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a winner.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Oh, what a lovely film.

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