100 Discs of Christmas #91 – Almost Famous (2000)


Loosely based on writer-director Cameron Crowe’s own experiences as a Rolling Stone journalist, Almost Famous is an engaging lover letter to 1970’s rock music.

Fifteen year-old William Miller manages to talk his way into writing an article on rock band ‘Stillwater’ for Rolling Stone magazine. Through his obvious passion for the band he is allowed to tag along with them on their US tour, witnessing the ego wars, the backstage politics as well as finding love himself.

At its heart, the story is about growing up and is imbued with such wit and warmth that it is utterly charming. Alongside a wonderfully nostalgic soundtrack, Crowe creates a delightful array of characters and garners committed performances from his entire ensemble cast, particularly Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand who were both Oscar nominated.

Crowe’s script is captivating, funny and touching and ensures that whether you’re a fan of the music or not, Almost Famous is a film that deserves to be seen.

Almost Famous (2000), directed by Cameron Crowe, is released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Certificate 15.


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