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Fame is a 1980 American teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker, and written by Christopher Gore. The film follows a group of students during their studies at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City; the story is split into sections corresponding to their auditions, and their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
Producer David De Silva conceived the idea in 1976, and commissioned Gore to begin work on a script that would focus on the lives of young students attending the High School of Performing Arts. The script, then known as Hot Lunch, became the subject of a bidding war among a host of established film studios before Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the film rights. After the release of his previous film Midnight Express (1978), Parker decided to helm the project, as he wanted to shoot his next film in the United States. Parker and Gore rewrote the script, aiming for a more dramatic and darker tone. Parker encountered difficulties with the New York Board of Education, whose members criticized the script's subject matter and forbade him from filming in the actual school, and U.S. labor unions which objected to the British crew members involved with the film. Principal photography commenced in July 1979 and concluded after 91 days, on a budget of $8.5 million; the film was shot on location in New York City.
Upon release, Fame received mixed reviews from mainstream film critics, but was a box office success, grossing $21.2 million during its domestic theatrical run. The film received six Academy Award nominations, and won two for Best Original Song (for its title song "Fame") and Best Original Score. The success of the film spawned a media franchise that included television series, stage musicals and a 2009 remake.
Domestic Total Gross: $21,202,829
Domestic Total Adj. Gross: $67,864,800