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Almost Famous is the movie Cameron Crowe has been waiting a lifetime to tell. The fictionalization of Crowe's days as a teenage reporter for Creem and Rolling Stone has all the well-written characters and wonderful "movie moments" that we expect from Crowe (Jerry Maguire), but the film has an intangible something extra--an insider's touch that will turn the film into the ode to '70s rock & roll for years to come. We are introduced to Crowe's alter ego, William Miller (Patrick Fugit), at home, where his progressive mom (Frances McDormand, just superb) has outlawed rock music and sister Anita (Zooey Deschanel) has slipped him LPs that will "set his mind free." Following the wisdom of Creem's disheveled editor, Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman in an instant-classic performance), Miller gets on the inside with the up-and-coming band Stillwater (a fictionalized mixture of the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and others). A simple visit with the band turns into a three-week, life-altering odyssey into the heyday of American rock. Of the characters he meets on the road, the two most important are groupie extraordinaire Penny Lane (Kate Hudson in a star-making performance) and Stillwater's enigmatic lead guitarist (Billy Crudup), who keeps stringing Miller along for an interview. From the handwritten credits (done by Crowe) to the bittersweet finale, Crowe's comedic valentine is an indelible, heartbreaking romance of music, women, and the privilege of youth. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

Disc 1:
  • Untitled: The Bootleg Cut - Cameron Crowe's Director's Edition with Over 35 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage
  • Director's Film Commentary
  • Interview with Lester Bangs
  • B-Sides: Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Original Rolling Stone Articles with Introductions from Cameron Crowe
  • Cameron Crowe's Top 10 Albums of 1973
  • Music Video
    Disc 2:
  • Almost Famous: Original Theatrical Version
  • Stillwater's Cleveland Concert
  • Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
  • Oscar®-Winning Screenplay
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast & Crew Bios and More
  • Stillwater CD:
  • 6 Original Stillwater Songs, Including Never-Before-Released Tracks
    • Genre: Drama Movies
    • Director: Cameron Crowe
    • Producer: DreamWorks
    • Length: 123 min
    • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    • Theatrical Release
      North AmericaSep 15, 2000
    • Ratings
      North AmericaR
      Europe15
      AustraliaM
    • DVD Release
      North AmericaDec 4, 2001
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