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Release Date:
20 December 1979 (USA) See more »
All that work. All that glitter. All that pain. All that love. All that crazy rhythm. All that jazz.
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 » | Full synopsis »
Won 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (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
Susan Brooks ... Stacy (as Sue Paul)

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)

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)
Serge Diakonoff .... special thanks: face masks derived from Serge Diakonoff - Miralda Ou Peintures Sur Un Visage, edited by Bernard Letu
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123 min
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On his role in this film, lead actor Roy Scheider once commented that he had sung, danced on the stage and acted before, but until this movie had never done all three in the one production.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In a closeup of back of Joe's head during Bye Bye Love number, a large strip of Scotch tape is inexplicably running across back of his head.See more »
O'Connor Flood:Give it to me! Bye Bye Life, Bye Bye happiness, Hello loneliness, I think he's gonna die. Gonna die. Bye Bye Life, Bye Bye happiness, Hello emptiness, I think he's gonna die. Gonna die. La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. Goodbye your life, Goodbye.See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A self-indictment., 24 May 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

All that Jazz is a great film that almost seems to have dropped off the radar screen of classic musicals. The film gives us the account of a choreographer named Joe Gideon (Scheider) whose relentless way of living drives him straight into the grave. The character is based on the real life of director Bob Fosse who suffered the same fate in 1987. Gideon is a womanizing, drug abusing, perfectionist who begins each morning with the same routine. He pops a few pills, takes some Alka-Seltzer, jumps in the shower (sometimes with a cigarette in his mouth!), and declares it's "showtime" after giving himself one last look in the mirror. When we meet him, he's currently putting the finishing touches on a film he's just directed, and he's beginning work on a new Broadway musical. The man looks absolutely exhausted. He's always smoking. He seems on the brink of collapse from angina, and he frequently grasps his left arm apparently in an effort to determine if his heart is still beating or not.

The main idea behind this film is that Gideon knows he's dying. The life he has lived has assured him only a brief stay on this earth. As the film plays out, we see how Gideon comes to grips with his impending fate. His final journey is often touching; sometimes joyful. But above all, it is compelling and once it's over, you'll probably wish Gideon had hung on longer. He seemed to have so much to live for. Even the people around him who he's hurt in life (his ex-wife and current girlfriend, for example) still are a big part of his life. He has a wonderful daughter who he's just getting to know, as well. Without him around, there would certainly be an enormous void left for all of the central characters in this film. We see him confess his life's sins to Jessica Lange who plays an angel waiting to usher him into the afterlife once he finally succumbs to his medical problems. The closer the two of them get, the closer he is to the grave.

Fosse's direction is exceptional. His musical numbers (particularly Airotica) are top-drawer as you'd expect them to be. And he's never afraid to shock you with his camera-work. At one point we get an up-close and personal look at Gideon's heart surgery, and that's a bit grotesque for a musical. Remember this is the same director that showed us Dorothy Stratton's face getting blown off with a shotgun in Star 80.

Fosse also understandably knows these characters better that they know themselves. By the end of the film, you really know Joe Gideon, and you feel like you've lived part of his life. Fosse saw the same fate coming to himself, and indeed it found him in 1987. We often wish exceptional individuals would stick around longer, but then again it's the way they live that makes them so exceptional.

This film is highly recommended. 9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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