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Almost Famous

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7.92 h 3 min2000X-RayUHD15
Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming-of-age of 15-year-old music fanatic William (Patrick Fugit). Having managed to land an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater, fronted by lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup), and with the help of gorgeous "band aid" Penny Lane (Oscar� nominee Kate Hudson), William finds himsel..
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Supporting actors
Jason LeePatrick FugitPhilip Seymour HoffmanFairuza Balk
Producers
Cameron CroweIan Bryce
Studio
Abramorama EntertainmentDreamWorks Productions
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2376 global ratings

  1. 75% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Toby LewisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Extended Cut Loses the Plot
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I've loved this film since the first time I watched it and decided to replace my DVD copy with the Blu Ray version. Sadly the Blu Ray disk only contains the Extended Cut which adds around 40 minutes to the films running time. This is truly a case of "more is less" because the extra footage while not bad in and of itself destroys the pace and focus of the film. It is a shame that there is not an option to chose which version one wants to watch on the disk or even an option to buy a separate release version of the film on BD.

Initially when I saw a few extra bits in the film I was pleased because sometimes films are excessively trimmed to fit a two hour running time and as I like the film and the characters this initially seemed like it could be an improvement. But I was finding that what had been a really enjoyable film over multiple viewings was simply dragging. Yes we get to know a few of the supporting characters better in this version and yes there are undoubtedly "moments" that have a charm of their own, but none of these changed the story or added depth, only breadth. It is clear that the original release version had been edited well and that the quality of what was left in was better than the bits that ended up on the cutting room floor, and to an extent leaving the viewer to fill in the gaps can make us more sympathetic. It is often the same with "bonus" tracks on remastered CDs where the previously unheard tracks are clearly inferior to those on the original album.

Obviously some reviewer do appreciate the longer version and this is no doubt because their focus is on wallowing in the atmosphere of 1970s rock. My interest is generally in story, and personally find films that convey atmosphere and mood succinctly are more enjoyable.
22 people found this helpful
dave staffordshireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
best soundtrack of any movie imo.
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wow what a great movie, amazing soundtrack with 5 led zeppelin songs, that amazing as jimmy page & robert plant never give permission for their songs to be used in movies, even though they didnt give them permission for stairway to heaven, but still 5 great led zepp tracks plus jimi hendrix tracks & deep purples burn, also has a great story plus the super hot kate hudson & over 2 hours 20 minutes long makes this DVD well worth the money to me.
2 people found this helpful
"maxaber"Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful gem of a film
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A much underrated film (perhaps Crowe's best), an often very funny meditation on growing up, fame, love, where the only really vile characters are the editors of Rolling Stone magazine (clearly a case of revenge being a dish best served cold). The narrative ark is kind of foreseeable, but it doesn't really matter: how the film gets there is never quite predictable, full of gems, wonderful vignettes, intriguing asides and sometimes splendid dialogue. One for repeat viewing.
5 people found this helpful
Quinn AgathoniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I don't Know Why I Never Saw This Before
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...because I've been missing out all these years. I loved this film. It could be better in many ways but I don't care. It plays on the heartstrings and leaves me rooting for Penny and William from the moment they first meet each other. The band? They're not so important. It's about the young ones and they are lovely. Well drawn, well written, well lush!
RadishesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem for me - have watched this multiple times
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If you love the golden era of rock - IMHO the 1970's - this movie will keep you very entertained. You'll get big hair, big egos, cigarettes, lots of alcohol, drugs - all while hearing some lovely tunes. After watching, be sure to read up about all the rock cultural references that they've included in the movie. A gem for me - have watched this multiple times
8 people found this helpful
Casa KarmaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Over-long and self-indulgent
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Considering the director also bought is the truly-immense and thought-provoking Vanilla Sky, it's a wonder how this travesty ever happened. It's obviously an autobiographical vanity project by a music journo whose early success has clearly gone to his head. Self-indulgent, overly bloated and grandiose. This actually puts me OFF other films he's made.
2 people found this helpful
Kirk McElhearnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perhaps the best film about rock music and fans, about how music brings people together
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Having grown up in the 70s, where going to concerts was a big part of my life, I have always found this depiction of those days to be very accurate. In addition, it's a moving story, one of Cameron Crowe's coming of age as a journalist writing about, and traveling with, rock bands.

The long version of this movie is so much better than the theatrical release; with an additional 40 minutes of material, it fills out the characters much better. This set includes both versions, and a CD of music by Stillwater, unavailable otherwise. The director's commentary - by Cameron Crowe and his mother - is also interesting to learn about how this film relates to Crowe's life.

Whenever I hear Elton John's Tiny Dancer, I immediately think of this movie...
6 people found this helpful
BettyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
plot wise? questionable. nostalgia wise? great.
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honestly the plot and acting in this film arent great. there are some cheesy and predictable lines and the main actor isn't great. but in terms of 70s nostalgia and music, it's entertaining. I enjoyed it overall and the set/costume designs were well thought out.
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