Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

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Storyline

Choreographing and picking dancers for his current show whilst editing his feature film about a stand-up comedian is getting to Joe Gideon. Without the chemical substances, he would not have the energy to keep up with his girlfriend, his ex-wife, and his special dancing daughter. They attempt to bring him back from the brink, but it's too late for his exhausted body and stress-ravaged heart. He chain-smokes, uses drugs, sleeps with his dancers and overworks himself into open-heart surgery. Scenes from his past life start to encroach on the present and he becomes increasingly aware of his mortality. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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All that work. All that glitter. All that pain. All that love. All that crazy rhythm. All that jazz.

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20 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Hinter dem Rampenlicht  »

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Trivia

According to Roy Scheider, for the opening "cattle call" scene in which Joe Gideon picks out dancers for his show, Bob Fosse gave Scheider an earpiece and spoke to him during filming to help the actor appear as if he knew what he was doing. See more »

Goofs

The sweat spot on Audrey's back changes when Joe talks about fidelity and Paul plays the piano. See more »

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Audrey Paris: Quick. Tell me. What was the name of the girl in Philadelphia, the blonde with the television show?
Joe Gideon: Ah, the blonde with the television show. The blonde with the television show in Philadelphia? I remember that girl's name. I remember that girl's name because that girl meant something to me. The blonde with the television show - her name was Sweetheart!
Audrey Paris: [Audrey shakes her head] Uh-uh.
Joe Gideon: Honey?
Audrey Paris: Nope.
Joe Gideon: Baby.
[introspective]
Joe Gideon: I can't remember her name.
Audrey Paris: [frustrated] Dorothy. Her name was Dorothy!
Joe Gideon: Who cares...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, only the company credits and the title, which resembles revolving Broadway lights. See more »

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Referenced in Bring It On (2000) See more »

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Sweet Sue, Just You
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Danced by Keith Gordon
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A dance with Death...
22 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Bob Fosse's autobiographical look at his life, with Roy Scheider fabulously standing-in for Fosse as Joe Gideon, pill-popping, womanizing director-choreographer on the verge of collapse in New York City. Fosse paints himself as suspicious, paranoid, driven, indifferent, exhausted and horny. It's more than most of us want to know about the guy, who seems intent on showing us what a creep he is...but a talented creep! It's a film that doesn't particularly look good (it's a gray, chilly movie), but it has amazing musical flourishes and the self-styled bombast is actually rather amusing once you get the idea. Jessica Lange is beautiful in an early role as the Angel of Death (imagine Fosse explaining that role to her!), and Scheider's performance is really something to see (only occasionally does the camera catch him not knowing what to do). Fosse tries hard not to be pretentious, he keeps things playful and perky, and his ironic ending is wincingly funny. The film is alive and ticking--but that's not Fosse's heart, it's a time bomb. *** from ****


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