Alan Parker (1980)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This musical drama from director Alan Parker is not as much fun as Bugsy Malone and the songs aren't a patch on those in The Commitments. It is, nevertheless, a thoroughly entertaining look at life in New York's High School for the Performing Arts (and, more to the point, it's miles better than the TV series and the 2009 remake that followed). Interestingly enough, none of the cast playing in a film about making it big has gone on to become a movie star. The score and the title song did win Oscars, however.


Alan Parker's musical drama charting the lives of a group of talented teenage students at New York's School for the Performing Arts as they try to balance training for a career in showbusiness with a more conventional education. Starring Irene Cara, who also sings the Oscar-winning theme tune, with Lee Curreri, Gene Anthony Ray and Paul McCrane.

Cast & Crew

Angelo Eddie Barth
Coco Hernandez Irene Cara
Bruno Martelli Lee Curreri
Lisa Monroe Laura Dean
Hilary Van Doren Antonia Franceschi
Michael Boyd Gaines
Shorofsky Albert Hague
Naomi Finsecker Tresa Hughes
François Lafete Steve Inwood
Montgomery MacNeil Paul McCrane
Mrs Sherwood Anne Meara
Miss Berg Joanna Merlin
Raul Garcia Barry Miller
Farrell Jim Moody
Leroy Johnson Gene Anthony Ray
Doris Finsecker Maureen Teefy
Lydia Debbie Allen
Director Alan Parker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First National Pathe LtdGuidance: Contains swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and brief nudity.Available on: video and DVD
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