Study Guide

Almost Famous Scene 5

Scene 5

Scene 5

"America"

  • In the living room of the Miller residence, Anita puts a record on the turntable. "This song explains why I'm leaving home to become a stewardess," she tells a seated Elaine and William.
  • The song is "America" by Simon and Garfunkel, which appears on the album Bookends. No offense to Elaine Miller, but it really is a fantastic song. We encourage you to give it a listen yourself.
  • As the song plays, we cut to Anita as she loads her belongings into her boyfriend Darryl's car. As William looks on, Anita approaches.
  • Putting her hands on his shoulders and looking into William's eyes (that is, directly into the camera), Anita provides one of the film's most classic lines. "One day you'll be cool," she tells him.
  • "Look under your bed," Anita continues. "It will set you free."
  • We cut to William in his bedroom, pulling out a case from under the bed. We discover that it contains Anita's record collection. Flipping through albums by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and more, he discovers a message tucked into Tommy by The Who.
  • "Listen to Tommy with a candle burning," the note reads. "You will see your entire future."