Almost Famous (DVD)
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High school student William, is invited to interview an up-and-coming rock band by Rolling Stone magazine. Whilst on the assignment he is drawn into the band's world and there he learns a valuable lesson about life
- Movies & TV
- 1 Jan 1999
- Region 2
- Sony Pictures
- 118 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- Almost Famous
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 161 min
- Alternate Title
- Dramas / Coming Of Age / Journalists/Journalism / Music / Rock And Roll / Rock Bands / Theatrical Release
- 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.
- Theatrical release: September 15, 2000.
ALMOST FAMOUS opened up the 44th London Film Festival.
Patrick Fugit, who made his feature-film debut in ALMOST FAMOUS, grew three inches during filming, resulting in multiple costume refits. Near the end of filming, costar Billy Crudup had to wear platform shoes to ensure continuity. Fugit's voice also changed during the film's shoot.
The roles of Russell Hammond and Penny Lane were originally offered to Brad Pitt and Sarah Polley, respectively. Pitt left the project because he didn't feel he understood the character, while Polley couldn't commit because of other projects.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Lester Bangs) was available only for four days of shooting. During all four days, the actor was nursing a bad cold.
Rolling Stone chief Jann Wenner makes a cameo appearance as the man William sees in the taxi.
While a young writer for Rolling Stone, Cameron Crowe wrote the liner notes for Peter Frampton's album FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE. Frampton served as a musical consultant on ALMOST FAMOUS, teaching the actors how to perform onstage as a rock band. He also appears as one of the road managers, playing cards.
The film features music composed by Nancy Wilson, writer-director Cameron Crowe's wife and a member of Heart.
Mark Kozelek, who plays the bassist in Stillwater, is a member of the Red House Painters.
ALMOST FAMOUS is the first Crowe film that doesn't feature actor Eric Stoltz. Every other Crowe project has featured Stoltz in some way. However, the actor's name does appear briefly on a billboard.
During filming, Kate Hudson (Penny Lane), daughter of Goldie Hawn, was dating real-life rock star Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. They got married on December 31, 2000.
Zooey Deschanel is the daughter of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who photographed such films as A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE and BEING THERE.
Billy Crudup took guitar lessons for his role as Stillwater guitarist Russell Hammond.
There was an actual country rock band named Stillwater in the late 1970s who recorded two albums for Capricorn Records (the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd).
The ALMOST FAMOUS soundtrack album won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
ALMOST FAMOUS won two Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Kate Hudson).
Richard Roeper (EBERT & ROEPER AND THE MOVIES), Jack Matthews, and Jami Bernard of the New York Daily News, Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly, Film Comment, the Austin Chronicle, and the American Film Institute named ALMOST FAMOUS one of the 10 best films of 2000; Roger Ebert (EBERT & ROEPER AND THE MOVIES), the Online Film Critics Society, the San Diego Film Critics Society, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and Rolling Stone named it the best film of the year.
The San Diego Film Critics Society and the Boston Society of Film Critics named Cameron Crowe Best Director of 2000. Crowe also won Best (Original) Screenplay awards from the Online Film Critics Society, the San Diego Film Critics Society, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
The Online Film Critics Society and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society named Kate Hudson Best Supporting Actress of 2000. Hudson also won the Breakthrough Performance award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Best Newcomer award from the Florida Film Critics Circle.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Florida Film Critics Circle named Frances McDormand Best Supporting Actress of 2000 for her roles in ALMOST FAMOUS and WONDER BOYS. The San Diego Film Critics Society also named McDormand Best Supporting Actress.
The Online Film Critics Society named Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Supporting Actor of 2000.
The Online Film Critics Society named the cast of ALMOST FAMOUS Best Ensemble of 2000.
- Cast & Crew
- Cameron Crowe
- Philip Seymour Hoffman / Fairuza Balk / Billy Crudup / Zooey Deschanel / Jimmy Fallon / John Fedevich / Patrick Fugit / Kate Hudson / Mark Kozelek / Jason Lee / Frances McDormand / Anna Paquin / Bijou Phillips / Noah Taylor
- Cameron Crowe
- Director of Photography
- John Toll
- Production Designer
- Clay A. Griffith
- Art Director
- Clayton Hartley
- Lisa Stewart
- Associate Producer
- Scott Martin
- Movie Critics
- 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..."— Roger Ebert (15 Sep 2000, p.29)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...Terrifically authentic and heartfelt..." -- Rating: A-— Owen Gleiberman (22 Sep 2000, p.52)
- Los Angeles Times
- "...Something to cherish and enjoy, an intimate yet universal film that will delight you and involve your heart..."— Kenneth Turan (13 Sep 2000, p.C1)
- 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..."— A. O. Scott (13 Sep 2000, pp.E1-5)
- Sight and Sound
- "...Always a fluent writer of dialogue, Crowe puts some rip-roaring tirades in [the film]..."— John Wrathall (1 Jan 2001, p.38-40)
- 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— James White (1 Feb 2001, p.84)
- 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— Mike Clark (13 Sep 2000, p.4D)
- Academy Awards
- Best Original Screenplay
- Winner: 2000 - Cameron Crowe