Select Your Cookie Preferences

We use cookies and similar tools that are necessary to enable you to make purchases, to enhance your shopping experiences and to provide our services, as detailed in our Cookie Notice. We also use these cookies to understand how customers use our services (for example, by measuring site visits) so we can make improvements.

If you agree, we’ll also use cookies to complement your shopping experience across the Amazon stores as described in our Cookie Notice. This includes using first- and third-party cookies, which store or access standard device information such as a unique identifier. Third parties use cookies for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalised ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Click ‘Customise Cookies’ to decline these cookies, make more detailed choices, or learn more. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie Preferences, as described in the Cookie Notice. To learn more about how and for what purposes Amazon uses personal information (such as Amazon Store order history), please visit our Privacy Notice.

Customise Cookies
Travelling or based outside United Kingdom? Video availability outside of United Kingdom varies. Sign in to see videos available to you.


2 h 13 min1980X-Ray15
Inspired music and dance numbers form the backdrop to this episodic tale of teenagers at New York's High School for the Performing Arts as they push their talents to the limit to make it in show business. We follow them as they struggle to fulfil their dreams while with coping with loneliness and insecurity.
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon Digital UK Limited.
Write review

More details

Supporting actors
Richard BelzerBarry MillerMeg TillyBilly HufseyPaul McCraneMaureen Teefy
Warner Bros.
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Available to watch on supported devices


4.4 out of 5 stars

1342 global ratings

  1. 69% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United Kingdom

JonDReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Darker than you might think, but well worth watching.
Verified purchase
I've always rated this film, despite its reputation having been spoiled by the TV spin-off 'Kids from Fame'.It covers the three years spent by a group of students who have won scholarships to the New York School of Performing Arts. As you would expect from an Alan Parker film, it's about the relationships between complex and very different characters. It has its dark side, like the near suicide on the subway, the homophobic bullying, the teenage pregnancy and the experimentation with drugs. There is little to laugh about and the overwhelming impression is of despair that the dreams are not going to be realised. The music is almost incidental, but the title track and the graduation song stand out. Although the ending of the film isn't a particularly happy one, there is a feeling of having accompanied the students on their journey and watched them get through. It has quite a lot in common with 'The Commitments', but it doesn't have the humour or the Irish charm.
5 people found this helpful
BlackBrigandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
My daughter liked this film and so does my granddaughter
Verified purchase
I bought this DVD for my granddaughter as it was something she needed for a University project.

I cannot in all honest say that I have ever 'watched' this film but I sat through it over and over in the '80s when my youngest daughter was a school girl and this was her favourite film for several months. I do however know all the music by heart through subliminal learning.

My daughter liked this film and so does my granddaughter, not my cup of tea but it must have some value to now be regarded as a classic.
6 people found this helpful
lovetoreadReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
FAME,I'm gonna live forever
Verified purchase
I watched this film for the first time, on a plane journey. I had been an avid watcher of the TV series, but never got round to watching this. Yes it is cheesy, but there are some catch tunes, as you would expect from an Alan Parker film. I liked it. Now, where did I put my cat suit and leg warmers ? .....
W. A. D.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blu Ray Review.
Verified purchase
I came to this blu ray totally unaware of how impressive and hard-hitting this film would be! It's an extraordinary portrayal of the reality of the theatrical world with some outstanding performances and impressive direction. Despite a rather overlong and cliched "audition" section which is rather stereotypical in its portrayal of incompetent performers, once the "plot" develops we are given a refreshingly frank picture of the highs and lows of what it means to be in the "entertainment" business. The image quality and audio, although not reference, are as good as you will find considering the film's age and source material. "Fame" is a moving, energy-packed, and decidedly impressive achievement.
3 people found this helpful
ElectraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great value.
Verified purchase
This takrs me back to my youth,i used to watch fame every week when i 2as a teenager,this takes me right back 5o my youth,thanks amazon.
JohnnyboyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'd forgotten how good this film was
Verified purchase
I'd forgotten how good this film was. Alan Parker directs in fine form an unknown cast in the trials and tribulations of those seeking fame over a number of years in New York's now iconic fame school. A superb soundtrack adds to a gritty realism that fame needs to be worked for, unlike today where reality TV spews out a conveyor belt of untalented wannabees at a ridiculous pace. Superb performances by a young cast (Maureen Teefy and Barry Miller especially) with Parker's assured direction makes this one of THE films of the Eighties. A class act.
One person found this helpful
John A.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous film
Verified purchase
Well made film. Great to watch on a Sunday evening.
Susan TitherleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Verified purchase
Very good movie
See all reviews