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FM (1978)




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Movie Info

When the owners of a Los Angeles radio station become more interested in profits than people, its disgruntled disc jockeys stage a protest and broadcast their own program. This comedy, which debuted Martin Mull as a the crazy DJ Eric, features a good selection of rock music and concert footage.

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Michael Brandon
as Jeff Dugan
Martin Mull
as Eric Swan
Alex Karras
as Doc Holiday
Cassie Yates
as Laura Coe
Norman Lloyd
as Carl Billings
Jay Fenichel
as Bobby Douglas
James Keach
as Lt. Reach
Joe Smith
as Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey
as Regis Lamar
Roberta Wallach
as Shari Smith
Terry Jastrow
as Michael J. Carlyle
Robert Patten
as Jack Rapp
Karen Ciral
as Buxom Blonde
Brenda Venus
as Delores Deluxe
Tina Ritt
as Alice's Assistant
Don Dolan
as Police Captain
Phillip Epstein
as Messenger
Peter Fox
as Johnny Fury
Bo Kaprall
as Izzy Segal
Patricia Marlowe
as TV Interviewer
Tammy Masters
as Office Girl
Paul Menzel
as Guard Frank
Louis Messina
as Stage Manager
Andrea Claudio
as Girl Disc Jockey
Tom Petty
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for FM

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Dugan, who's heavily into the music biz, is against commercials on commercial radio (but since QSKY pumps out an endless stream of Ronstadt, the Eagles and Queen, wouldn't a few mindless jingles go unnoticed?)

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A preposterously self-serving variation on 1960's themes.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5

It gets the standard rock-movie formula backwards by trying to base a revolution around some of the safest, least revolutionary music in the history of rock.

May 30, 2001
Top Critic

Embarrassing youth cult film, founded on the shaky premise that the staff of a "progressive" LA rock station have to fight their management for the right to play Olivia Newton-John.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The "us against the establishment" plotline is hoary and silly, and the movie fares better when it focuses on specific character incidents rather than any greater themes.

July 20, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Mull, as a spaced-out DJ, steals the show, emanating energy with which neither the other actors nor the music can compete.

August 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for FM

70's time capsule is chock full of fantastic music, the soundtrack is justly famous, and excellent actors. The basic story line is David vs. Goliath but is entertainingly played and provides a look at what FM radio use to be. Good concert footage of Jimmy Buffet and Linda Ronstadt give a sense of what live concerts were at the time. Of the performers while all are good a few stand out. Martin Mull is a hoot as the egotistical and somewhat child like disc jockey Eric Swan and the great Eileen Brennan makes a lot out of her small part as the world weary DJ Mother. No one did world weary as well as Eileen Brennan. Not a great picture but for any music lover unmissable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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