Trivia / Almost Famous

  • Acclaimed Flop: Despite critical and awards love, the film failed to break even (grossing $32.5 million on a $60 million budget). In fact, the film's box office failure may have led to the decline of Cameron Crowe's career until his 2011 comeback. Fortunately, it's been Vindicated by History and is now one of Crowe's signature films.
  • Billing Displacement/Covers Always Lie: Kate Hudson is not the main character. Patrick Fugit is (and Billy Crudup gets first billing). But she is nowadays almost always the first actor people associate with the movie.
  • California Doubling: The film was shot in and around Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA, Crowe's hometown. Much of the film is set there, but the parts that aren't were also filmed there. The San Diego Sports Arena appears both as itself and as a stand-in for several other concert venues throughout the film.
  • Defictionalization: One of the Director's Cut DVD extras was a "Stillwater" CD.
  • Executive Meddling: A benevolent example. Crowe wanted to include a scene where William plays the entirety of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" for his mom. Word of God says they couldn't get the rights to "Stairway" for the scene, but it was eventually included, without the Zeppelin song, on the Special Edition DVD. Some YouTubers have synced the song to the visual, though the DVD includes an on-screen prompt for the viewer to play "Stairway" alongside the scene.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Despite her popularity throughout the rest of the 2000s and tabloid/gossip prominence, Kate Hudson is now often considered one as all of her other film have been critically slaughtered.
  • Real-Life Relative: Cameron Crowe's mother is Mrs. Deegan.
  • Star-Making Role: For Kate Hudson. Although far from suffering in obscurity due to being Goldie Hawn's daughter, she was not known as an actress beforehand; this is the performance that earned her widespread acclaim and helped to launch her as an A-List star in her own right. Even years after her more popular romantic comedies faced heavy backlash, "Almost Famous" remains the one film of hers well-regarded today.
    • Also, to a lesser extent, for Billy Crudup. It did not launch him to the same heights that Hudson reached but did bring him cult recognition. Additionally, Crudup was more well known than Hudson going into Almost Famous, having Sleepers on his resume at the time, so it's harder to pin this film as his SMR than hers.
  • Technology Marches On: Played for a laugh. "A Mo-Jo, it's a very high-tech machine that transmits pages over the telephone! It only takes eighteen minutes a page!"
  • Throw It In: "Do you want to go to Morocco?" "Yes. [beat] Ask me again." This was not scripted, but in fact was Patrick Fugit asking Kate Hudson to do another take of the exchange.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Working Title: Cameron Crowe initially wanted to name the film Untitled, after the style of an obscure record by a forgotten band. The studio forbade it until the Director's Cut, which was officially titled Untitled: The Almost Famous Director's Cut.
  • Write What You Know: The entire film is based on Cameron Crowe's days as a teenage rock journalist.
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