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All That Jazz (1979)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erzsebet Foldi ...
Dr. Ballinger
William LeMassena ...
Irene Kane ...
Leslie Perry (as Chris Chase)
Kathryn Doby ...
Robert Hitt ...


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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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Release Date:

20 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hinter dem Rampenlicht  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,229, 23 December 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The relationship between the characters Victoria and Joe Gideon was based on the relationship during rehearsals between director Bob Fosse and dancer Jennifer Nairn-Smith while working on the stage musical "Pippin". Nairn-Smith appears in this movie playing a Principal Dancer. See more »


Close-up of "Young Joe" with hazel eyes is shortly followed by a close-up of adult Joe with blue eyes. See more »


Audrey Paris: [Reading from Joe's script] You see, Sammy, in California everybody needs a car. I got a friend who bought a Mercedes just to get to the bathroom.
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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 »


Spoofed in Rock Star (2001) See more »


Concert in G
Concerto alla rustica, for strings & continuo in G major, RV 151 1. Presto
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Played often in the score
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A couple more pieces of ironic casting
8 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just saw the movie for the first time since its initial release and was struck by how well it holds up. The casting alone is quite remarkable, the set design is often striking, and the entire roman-a-clef peek inside the life of Bob Fosse remains fascinating.

There are at least two more pieces of "insider" ironic casting that appears to have not been mentioned. One was the casting of Cliff Gorman as the stand-up comedian in the "Lenny"-type movie-within-the-movie (here called "Stand-up"). Gorman originated the part of Lenny Bruce in the original Broadway version of "Lenny," but lost the movie role to Dustin Hoffman.

The other is the casting of Ann Reinking as Gideon's lover. Ann Reinking was Fosse's lover in real life.

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