Almost Famous is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Cameron Crowe and produced by Cameron Crowe and Ian Bryce. The screenplay was also written by Cameron Crowe.
Rated: R (movie contains language, drug content and brief nudity)
Run Time: 2h 2min
Release Date: September 22, 2000 (USA)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Cameron Crowe
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Budget: $60 Million
Box Office: $47.4 Million
Almost Famous stars Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jimmy Fallon, Peter Frampton, Jay Baruchel, Rainn Wilson, Marc Maron, Eric Stonestreet, Ken Sussman, Nick Swardson, Terry Chen and John Fedevich.
Almost Famous is a coming of age story of 15-year old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) who writes for the school paper and is a huge music fan. William is inspired by the seminal bands of the time and gets one of his articles published in Cream Magazine.
Meanwhile, Ben Fong-Torres (Terry Chen), the editor of Rolling Stone magazine contacts William to give him an assignment to interview the up and coming band Stillwater for the magazine. William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band and travels with them to secure interviews with Stillwater’s lead guitar player, Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and lead singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee).
Russell takes a liking to young William and his new acquaintance, and invites William and veteran groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), on the road with them so William can finish his interview.
“Music, you know, true music – not just rock n roll – it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone listening to your headphones, you know, with the cast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It’s a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America.” – Lester Bangs
“I didn’t invent the rainy day, man, I just own the best umbrella.” – Dennis Hope
“I have to go home.” – William Miller
“You are home.” – Penny Lane
“So, you’re talking to Ben Fong-Torres, right? Here’s what you do. Tell him it’s a think piece about a mid level band struggling with their own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. [Chuckles] He’ll wet himself.” – Lester Bangs
Official Movie Trailer
Billy Crudup as Russell Hammond
Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller
Kate Hudson as Penny Lane
Jason Lee as Jeff Bebe
Patrick Fugit as William Miller
Zooey Deschanel as Anita Miller
Michael Angarano as Young William Miller
Anna Paquin as Polexia Aphrodisia
Fairuza Balk as Sapphire
Noah Taylor as Dick Roswell
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs
Jimmy Fallon as Dennis Hope
Peter Frampton as Reg
Jay Baruchel as Vic Munoz
Rainn Wilson as David Felton
Marc Maron as Angry Promoter
Eric Stonestreet as Sheldon the Desk Clerk
Ken Sussman as Lenny
Nick Swardson as Insane Bowie Fan
Terry Chen as Ben Fong-Torres
John Fedevich as Ed Vallencourt