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Almost Famous

HD   R Closed Captioning

Cameron Crowe

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About the Movie

A coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita, and William. William makes something of his love of rock & roll by writing album reviews for a local underground newspaper. William's work attracts the attention of Lester Bangs, editor of renegade rock magazine Creem, who takes William under his wing and gives him his first professional writing assignment - covering a Black Sabbath concert. While William is unable to score an interview with the headliners, the opening act, Stillwater, are more than happy to chat with a reporter, even if he's still too young to drive, and William's piece on the group in Creem gains him a new admirer in Ben Fong-Torres, an editor at Rolling Stone. Torres offers William an assignment for a 3,000-word cover story on Stillwater, and over the objections of his mother, and after some stern advice from Bangs, Williams joins Stillwater on tour, where he becomes friendly with guitarist Russell Hammond and singer Jeff Bebe. William also becomes enamored of Penny Lane, a groupie traveling with the band who is no older than William, but is deeply involved with Russell.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 166
  • Fresh: 147
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A winner because Crowe dares to wear his heart on his sleeve. For this movie at least, he's with the band. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: In Almost Famous, writer-director Crowe is still contending with the dueling voices in his head, and he still can't bring himself to take the harsh road. His movie gives off the warm glow of mercy. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 6, 2018

Fresh: A delightful film that is touching, funny and eminently enjoyable. – Paul Clinton (,, Mar 15, 2001

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Customer Reviews


Wow! I've got the first review. This movie is great from start to finish. From what I've heard this is semi-autobiographic since Cameron Crowe was a writer for Rolling Stone at a young age. So, this is kinda what he went through. All of the actors, even the minor ones, made their characters very memorable. Thank you itunes for finally making this movie available for purchase. I've been waiting a long time for this one!


omg finally this is the GREATEST movie.
so happy!! worth the money, i promise!

What took you so long?

This is my favorite movie ever! It really is great, and could not have been better.

Almost Famous
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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