Cast: Irene Cara, Barry Miller, Gene Anthony Ray, Maureen Teefy
Before American Idol, Alan Parker's fictional film showed us what it was like to be young and hungry for show business, by focusing on eight students attending New York City's famed High School of Performing Arts. In between classes, rehearsals, and tryouts, he exposes their ambitions, talents, and frustrations with exuberance and honesty.
What Parents Like: It's still not too late to get that accounting degree! The film definitely shows the grittier side of show business.
What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: Who hasn't dreamed about dancing like Martha Graham on the tops of cars stuck in rush-hour traffic?