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Director:
Writers:
Robert Alan Aurthur (written by) and
Bob Fosse (written by)
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Release Date:
20 December 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
All that work. All that glitter. All that pain. All that love. All that crazy rhythm. All that jazz.
Plot:
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant summary of director/Co-writer Fosse's decent into show biz madness and death See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roy Scheider ... Joe Gideon

Jessica Lange ... Angelique

Leland Palmer ... Audrey Paris

Ann Reinking ... Kate Jagger

Cliff Gorman ... Davis Newman

Ben Vereen ... O'Connor Flood
Erzsebet Foldi ... Michelle

Michael Tolan ... Dr. Ballinger

Max Wright ... Joshua Penn
William LeMassena ... Jonesy Hecht
Irene Kane ... Leslie Perry (as Chris Chase)

Deborah Geffner ... Victoria
Kathryn Doby ... Kathryn
Anthony Holland ... Paul Dann
Robert Hitt ... Ted Christopher

David Margulies ... Larry Goldie
Sue Paul ... Stacy

Keith Gordon ... Young Joe
Frankie Man ... Comic

Alan Heim ... Eddie

John Lithgow ... Lucas Sergeant

Sandahl Bergman ... Principal Dancer
Eileen Casey ... Principal Dancer
Bruce Anthony Davis ... Principal Dancer (as Bruce Davis)
Gary Flannery ... Principal Dancer
Jennifer Nairn-Smith ... Principal Dancer
Danny Ruvolo ... Principal Dancer
Leland Schwantes ... Principal Dancer
John Sowinski ... Principal Dancer
Candace Tovar ... Principal Dancer
Rima Vetter ... Principal Dancer
Trudy Carson ... Fan Dancer
Mary Sue Finnerty ... Fan Dancer
Lesley Kingley ... Fan Dancer
P.J. Mann ... Fan Dancer / Menage Partner #2
Cathy Rice ... Fan Dancer
Sonja Stuart ... Fan Dancer
Terri Treas ... Fan Dancer
Ralph E. Berntsen ... Rock Band Drums
Jan Flato ... Rock Band Keyboard
John Paul Fetta ... Rock Band Bass
Andy Schwartz ... Rock Band Guitar

Robert Levine ... Dr. Hyman
Phil Friedman ... Murray Nathan
Stephen Strimpell ... Alvin Rackmil
Leonard Drum ... Insurance Man
Eugene Troobnick ... Insurance Doctor
Jules Fisher ... Himself

Ben Masters ... Dr. Garry

Cathie Shirriff ... Nurse Briggs (as Catherine Shirrif)

Joanna Merlin ... Nurse Pierce

Leah Ayres ... Nurse Capobianco
Nancy Beth Bird ... Nurse Bates
Harry Agress ... Resident MD

CCH Pounder ... Nurse Blake (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Tito Goya ... Attendant
Tiger Haynes ... Porter
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Old Woman (as Lotta Palfi-Andor)
K.C. Townsend ... Stripper
Melanie Hunter ... Stripper
Rita Bennett ... Stripper
Gary Bayer ... Intern
Wayne Carson ... Assistant Stage Manager
Kerry Casserly ... Dancer Backstage
Judi Passeltiner ... Dancer Backstage
Steve Elmore ... Cast of NY / LA
Nicole Fosse ... Dancer
Vicki Frederick ... Menage Partner #1
Minnie Gaster ... Script Supervisor
Michael Green ... Clapper Boy
Bruce MacCallum ... Clapper Boy
Joyce Ellen Hill ... Nurse Collin
I.M. Hobson ... Cast of NY / LA
Edith Kramer ... Manager - Rehersal Studio
Barbara McKinley ... Diane
Mary McCarty ... Cast of NY / LA

Theresa Merritt ... Cast of NY / LA
Gavin Moses ... Apprentice Editor
Mary Mon Toy ... Dietician

Wallace Shawn ... Assistant Insurance Man
Jacqueline Solotar ... Autograph Seeker
Sloane Shelton ... Mother
Sammy Smith ... Cast of NY / LA
Arnold Gross ... Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Boys ... Rejected Dancer (uncredited)

Ken Butler ... Bartender (uncredited)

Jane Culley ... Fan Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Hardy ... Shriner (uncredited)
Michael Hinton ... Drummer (uncredited)
Llewellyn Lafford ... Dancer in Opening Auditions (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Fosse 
 
Writing credits
Robert Alan Aurthur (written by) and
Bob Fosse (written by)

Produced by
Robert Alan Aurthur .... producer
Wolfgang Glattes .... associate producer
Daniel Melnick .... executive producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
 
Set Decoration by
Gary J. Brink  (as Gary Brink)
Edward Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Jay Cannistraci .... additional special makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kenneth Utt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Janet E. Fishman .... dga trainee
Wolfgang Glattes .... first assistant director
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Eugene Powell .... scenic artist
Carlos Quiles .... carpenter
Jimmy Raitt .... property master
Tony Walton .... fantasy designer
Walter Way .... construction grip
Joe Williams Sr. .... construction grip
Richard Shelton .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Bernard Hajdenberg .... sound editor
Peter Ilardi .... sound mixer
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer: Trans/Audio, Inc.
Jack Fitzstephens .... production lip-sync consultant (uncredited)
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Paul Trejo .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James A. Contner .... camera operator (as James Contner)
Gene Engels .... gaffer (as Eugene W. Engels)
Guglielmo Garroni .... associate director of photography (as Bill Garroni)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator (as Richard Mingalone)
Martin Nallan .... key grip
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Billy Kerwick .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Gary Muller .... co-first assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lee Austin .... wardrobe (as Lee Austin III)
Max Soloman .... wardrobe (as Max Solomon)
 
Editorial Department
Joan Cameron .... assistant editor
Emily Paine .... assistant editor
Wende Phifer Mate .... apprentice editor (as Wende Phifer)
David Ray .... associate editor
Gail Showalter .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Glenn Berger .... music mixer
Glenn Berger .... music recordist
Ralph Burns .... conductor
Ralph Burns .... music arranger
Arnold Gross .... music arranger: dance music
Stanley Lebowsky .... music coordinator
Michael Tronick .... musical editor
Gary Anderson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ralph Burns .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation (as Whitey McEvoy)
 
Other crew
Nancy Beth Bird .... technical advisor (as Nancy Bird RN)
Grace Blake .... production office coordinator
Samantha Dean .... publicist
Dick Di Bona .... photography arranger (as Dick DiBona)
Kathryn Doby .... assistant choreographer
Gene Foote .... assistant choreographer
Bob Fosse .... choreographer
Phil Gips .... titles designer: Steve Frankfurt Communications, main and end titles
Tony Gittelson .... production assistant
John E. Hutchinson III .... open heart surgery (as Dr. John E. Hutchinson III, senior surgeon)
John E. Hutchinson III .... technical advisor (as John E. Hutchinson III MD)
Jerry Jaffe .... production assistant
Lynn Lewis Lovett .... script supervisor
Vince Martinez .... auditor
David Rogow .... production assistant
Wendy Shore .... assistant to producer
Vicki Stein .... assistant: Mr. Fosse
Jeffrey Townsend .... production assistant
Erich Trostl .... higwire rig
Lynne Twentyman .... script supervisor (as Lynn Twentyman Ward)
Robin Utt .... production assistant
Susan Zwerman .... location coordinator
Lee Gross .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Serge Diakonoff .... special thanks: face masks derived from Serge Diakonoff - Miralda Ou Peintures Sur Un Visage, edited by Bernard Letu
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jon Voight read for the role of Joe Gideon but Bob Fosse had already recommended Roy Scheider for the part.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The sweat spot on Audrey's back changes when Joe talks about fidelity and Paul plays the piano.See more »
Quotes:
[Kate Jagger has just finished setting up a dinner date, probably to make Joe jealous]
Joe Gideon:Who was that?
Kate Jagger:Michael Graham
Joe Gideon:Who is Michael Graham?
Kate Jagger:A dancer in my ballet class.
Joe Gideon:Straight or gay?
Kate Jagger:What do you mean?
Joe Gideon:I mean, is he looking to get laid or is he looking for Mr. Right?
Kate Jagger:He's straight.
Kate Jagger:And tall...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in All That Jizz (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bye Bye LoveSee more »

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56 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant summary of director/Co-writer Fosse's decent into show biz madness and death, 19 August 2003
Author: dean237

Fosse's ALL THAT JAZZ has been mistaken for a rip-off of Fellini's 8 1/2 for some time. But that is giving it short shrift as an illuminating, sobering account of one man's burnout in the face of enormous pressure from the elements of the entertainment industry which he's involved himself in, namely Broadway and the film industry. Based on Fosse's experiences directing CHICAGO on Broadway and LENNY for United Artists, it stars Roy Scheider as Fosse's always black-dressed alter ego Joe Gideon, who's long road to success has been dotted with drug addictions, one-night stands, betrayals, and show biz phoniness.

Particularly of interest in this film is the strong autobiographical quality of it. Fosse did, indeed, suffer his first heart attack during this 1973/74 period of his life. The film-within-the-film, "The Stand Up," is an interesting variation on LENNY (1974, with Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine)---much more irritating than that movie. LENNY ended up getting great reviews, for the most part, but it must have been a tough movie for Fosse to get his hands around, especially while dealing with his failed marriage to Broadway star Gwen Verdon (portrayed here by Leland Palmer). It's certainly portrayed as such in this film. And Chicago seems to have been a challenge for him, too. He obviously thought the original script for that show was lacking (as he actually went on record as saying) and that he had to spice it up for him to become interested in it. (How fascinating would a Fosse film version of CHICAGO have been? As it was, it looks as if eventual CHICAGO director Rob Marshall screened ALL THAT JAZZ many times in order to mine its many storytelling treasures, including the main conceit that most of the film's musical numbers appear in the minds of the main characters.)

Scheider has never been better and deserved real consideration as that year's Best Actor Oscar-winner (he lost, ironically, to Dustin Hoffman who won for KRAMER VS. KRAMER). He is positively channeling his director's personality, down to his constant cigarette smoking and his artsy goatee (not to mention his snaky, rakish attitudes towards personality responsibility). The fine cast also includes: John Lithgow as a rival Broadway director who may or may not take over Joe's show if he dies on the operating table; Max Wright (the dad on ALF) as the producer of Gideon's film; Sandahl Bergman (from CONAN and RED SONJA) as the lead dancer in the "Take Off With Us" musical number that disappoints the stage show's backers; longtime Fosse girlfriend and dancer Ann Reinking as Gideon's other serious bedmate; Cliff Gorman as Davis Newman, the lead actor in "The Stand Up"; the lovely Erezebet Foldi as Gideon's precocious daughter (Fosse's real daughter, Nicole, later appeared in the film version of A CHORUS LINE); Jessica Lange in her first serious role as the Angel of Death; Keith Gordon (an actor in CHRISTINE and BACK TO SCHOOL, who's now an acclaimed director of films like MOTHER NIGHT and the 2003 film adaptation of THE SINGING DETECTIVE) as the young Joe Gideon; Ben Vereen, energetic as a show-biz veteran who "hosts" Gideon's final decent into death. The list goes on and on....

And the tech credits are superb. The film won Oscars for its Tony Walton sets (Tony Walton has been married to Julie Andrews for years, and is an acclaimed stage and film set designer), its Alan Heim editing (Heim worked on NETWORK, among other things), its Ralph Burns scoring (which includes old jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway standards), and its Albert Wolsky costumes. Its photography, by Giuseppe Rotunno, is also great (Rotunno phtographed many Fellini films and probably had much to do with the lumping of Fosse's film in with Fellini's work).

Tying in 1979 with APOCOLYPSE NOW for Cannes Palme D'Or, this is one of the greatest movies ever made, I think, and you'll know that once the first moments--a mass stage audition unbelievably well-edited to the tune of George Benson's version of "On Broadway"--unreel in front of you. It's an unflinching look into the madness of one artist that, eventually, became his undoing (Fosse died in 1986, in his early 60s, of another heart attack, after completing only one more movie, STAR 80, and one more stage show, BIG DEAL). See it and prepare to be moved in strange ways.

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