Director Richard Attenborough took on a great challenge in his 1985 adaptation of the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line, now having its day on Blu-Ray from 20th Century Fox. While this adaptation of the film certainly has its problems, there is still a great deal to recommend with it.
The central question of A Chorus Line leads its cast into personal and professional revelations about show business, about life in New York, and about both the simplest and most complex problems of surviving on your own terms. The film begins with the selection of sixteen dancers – eight men and eight women – to be whittled down to a final eight that will join a major Broadway production as the chorus line. We’re introduced to our main characters in an extended opening sequence as each dancer mentally prays to be one of the chosen few. The