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USA: DreamWorks Distribution
UK: Columbia TriStar
Cast: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Patrick Amedori, Michael Angarano, Eion Bailey, Jay Baruchel, Terry Chen, J J Cohen, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, John Fedevich, Peter Frampton, Travis Gjedde, Gary Kohn, Mark Kozelek, William Mapother, Marc Maron, Kate Peckham, Mark Pellington, Pauley Perrette, Bijou Phillips, Ray Porter, Olivia Rosewood, Liz Stauber, Scott N Stevens, Eric Stonestreet, Rainn Wilson, Susan Yeagley
Director: Cameron Crowe
USA: 122 mins
UK: 123 mins
USA Rated: R for language, drug content and brief nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and moderate drugs and sex references
USA Release Date: 15 September 2000 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
USA Release Date: 22 September 2000
UK Release Date: 9 February 2001
Set in 1973, it chronicles 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 the up-and-coming band Stillwater-fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and lead singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee) William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band's tour, despite the objections of his protective mother (Frances McDormand).
With the help of the lovely "band aid" Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), William finds himself drawn into the band's inner circle. But 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 lifechanging lesson about the importance of family-the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.
ALMOST FAMOUS was written and directed by double Academy Award nominee Cameron Crowe (JERRY MAGUIRE), the film is produced by Crowe and Oscar nominee Ian Bryce (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN).