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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?


Joe Gideon's catchphrase "it's showtime, folks!" was referenced in season 1 episode 2 of Better Call Saul (2015), when Saul Goodman points to the mirror a la Gideon and says "it's showtime folks!". When it is overheard he says, "it's from a movie!" 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 »


Joshua Penn: [watching umpteenth rough cut of Gideon's stand-up film] It *is* better. Oh, God, it *is* better.
Joe Gideon: [who has ignored everything Josh said, and is now leaving] Nice talkin' to ya, Josh.
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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 »


Referenced in Fall from Grace (1990) See more »


Some of These Days
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Performed by Erzsebet Foldi with Ann Reinking & Leland Palmer
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On The Wire
15 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

One of the most gleefully indulgent, self-loathing films ever made- yet watchable as a train wreck, thanks to its bravery, wit and overall excellence.

Scheider is unexpectedly effective as the director's mirror image, a talented louse who deserves what he gets. I can only imagine the smirk that must have been on Fosse's face throughout this production. He doesn't ask for forgiveness, he doesn't try to justify Gideon's behavior, and he certainly didn't encourage Scheider to be sympathetic. "You're right, I'm a bastard," he seems to be saying.

While catchy and professional, the musical numbers (particularly the art direction and costumes) range from tasteless to bombastic- as they were intended, I think. The choreography is precise, the editing masterful, and the performances in sharp focus. These elements, plus the acerbically mournful script, make for a fascinating deconstruction of self to an extent rarely, if ever, seen in the movies.

Not every artist should think himself so interesting, but thankfully, both Fosse's professional and personal life merited such honest examination. I can't think of any of our more iconic filmmakers today who have been turned the camera back on themselves in such unflinching fashion.

Note: Among the direct parallels to Fosse's actual career are "The Stand-Up" to "Lenny", and Lithgow's snooty Lucas Sergeant to theatre's estimable Harold Prince.

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