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Almost famous (Stillwater)

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Movie propaganda

Set in 1973, Cameron Crowe's latest feature captures a pivotal moment in the history of rock and roll, chronicling and celebrating a time just before the explosion of rock as a global commercial enterprise.

The story follows the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit), an unabashed music fan who is inspired by the seminal bands of the time. When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling stone magazine to interview an up and coming band (Stillwater: Billy Crudup as Russell Hammond, Jason Lee as Jeff Bebe, Mark Kozelek as Larry Fellows and John Fedevich as Ed Vallencourt), William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band's tour over the objections of his protective mother. As he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band's dynamics, the fledgling reporter loses the objectivity to tell his story honestly and learns a life-changing lesson about the importance of family - the ones we inherit and the ones we create.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama comedy music rock band critic fan groupie tour virgin sex drugs

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Fugit .... William Miller
  • Billy Crudup .... Russell Hammond
  • Jason Lee .... Jeff Bebe
  • Mark Kozelek .... Larry Fellows
  • John Fedevich .... Ed Vallencourt
  • Frances Mcdormand .... Elaine Miller
  • Zooey Deschanel .... Anita Miller
  • Michael Angarano .... Young William
  • Kate Hudson .... Penny Lane
  • Anna Paquin .... Polexia Aphrodesia
  • Fairuza Balk .... Sapphire
  • Noah Taylor .... Dick Roswell
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman .... Lester Bangs
  • Cameron Crowe .... Screenwriter
  • Cameron Crowe .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

If you've ever seen This is Spinal Tap, and you should have, then you've seen most of Almost famous. Less than historic rock band on the road has ups and downs with venues, managers, groupies and egos. The redeeming virtue of Almost famous is that it has Patrick Fugit: he brings an innocence to William that makes everything seem virginal. The sex, the drugs, the rock, the roll, it's all through they eyes of someone for whom life has been limited to high school and home. Next thing you know he's on the road from Topeka to The Big Apple. William's education in life makes the film worth watching.

Frances and Billy create excellent opposing forces between whom Patrick bounces. One is the domineering, inhibitive parent, setting stern but loving rules and conditions. The other is the laid-back, golden god who enfolds in loving camaraderie. No wonder William has so much difficulty deciding between them. The security of a stable relationship versus the chaos of a rock and roll band. Jason, Zooey, Kate and Anna are a wild, swirling blend of characters who expose William to new sides of himself: egotism, sexuality, self denial, love and suicide.

Almost famous features some great rock and roll music (the soundtrack is a sure fire best seller) and some great performances. Some parts are so funny you'll urinate in your trousers. While it seems like yet another guy movie about boys who like guitars, it's actually a lot more than that. It's also a chick movie about girls who like boys who like guitars. And boys who like girls who like boys who like guitars...

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

A cool movie with a cool soundtrack.

Even before receiving opinions from two people who are as far to the left and right of the critical spectrum, I was in love with Almost famous. FYI: so were they. I won't tell you about the film because I wants you to go and see it for yourself and go "Wow!" This movie goes on the loveable shelf next to High art and Bicentennial man.

Highest point: he didn't do drugs.
Lowest point: the Elton John sing along on the bus.
Happiest point: "I am the golden god! And I'm on drugs!"
Saddest point: "I'll trade you Penny Lane for $50 and a case of Heineken."

PS: Gotta get the wicked soundtrack!

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Disc: Single-sided, dual layer
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Languages: English (5.1), Spanish (5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 24-minute behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the movie with cast and crew interviews
  • Fever dog music video performed by Stillwater
  • Production notes
  • Rolling stone magazine articles
  • Original movie trailers
  • Bonus movie trailers
  • Talent profiles
  • Picture disc

Security censorship classification

M (Drug use)

Surveillance time

118 minutes (1:58 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 22 February 2001
DVD rental: 12 September 2001
DVD retail: 12 September 2001
VHS rental: 12 September 2001

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