Almost Famous (2000) - Synopsis
Cameron Crowe's first film since his Academy Award®-nominated hit Jerry Maguire (1996) captures a pivotal time in the history of rock and roll. Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William (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 life-changing lesson about the importance of family-the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.
DreamWorks Pictures presents a Vinyl Films Production, "Almost Famous," starring Billy Crudup (Without Limits (1998)), Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996)), Kate Hudson (200 Cigarettes (1999)]),Jason Lee (Chasing Amy (1997)), newcomer Patrick Fugit, Oscar® winner Anna Paquin (Piano, The (1993)), Fairuza Balk (Waterboy, The (1998)] ), Noah Taylor (Shine (1996)) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999)]).
Written and directed by double Academy Award® nominee Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire (1996)), the film is produced by Crowe and Oscar® nominee Ian Bryce (Saving Private Ryan (1998)). Lisa Stewart is the co-producer.