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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:
Self-congratulatory, but, without a doubt, brilliant See more (142 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)

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)
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Trivia:
This was the only film done by Erzsebet Foldi.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Close-up of "Young Joe" with hazel eyes is shortly followed by a close-up of adult Joe with blue eyes.See more »
Quotes:
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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Bye Bye LoveSee more »

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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Self-congratulatory, but, without a doubt, brilliant, 13 December 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A brilliant movie from a brilliant artist, and you'll be reminded of that constantly as you sit through All That Jazz, both in positive and negative ways. This, Fosse's fourth and also penultimate film, is his version of 8½. But the great success of Fellini's semi-autobiographical masterpiece, easily one of the five or ten best films ever made, is that its author depicts himself with the greatest humility. And not only great humility but, most importantly, honest humility (or at least believable humility). Fellini's constant self-deprecation felt like honest self-criticism, and it felt as if he was truly exposing his inner self to his audience. In All That Jazz, Fosse tries to do the same, but the self-deprecation comes off almost as back-patting. Fosse presents his alter ego, Joe Gideon (well played by Roy Scheider), as a lovable cad. Oh, he might bang every chick in sight, but it's very much applauded.

I can complain about these more arrogant aspects of All That Jazz, but what is undeniable is how great a filmmaker Fosse really is. It may be extremely self-congratulatory, but, judging from this film itself and its three predecessors, it can be argued that Fosse deserved the adulation that he supplies himself. As a fan, I loved the way he incorporates semi-fictionalized versions of his previous films into this one. 1974's Lenny plays a major part, as Gideon is going through the process of editing his new film The Stand-Up throughout the film. He brings his daughter to its premier, and, it being her first R-rated movie, she thanks her dad and then asks him why that guy wanted to sleep with two women at the same time. The reference to Cabaret is less pronounced but clear, when, stemming off from the daughter's question about threesomes, Gideon flashes back briefly to himself recreating the "Two Ladies" number. This number, of course, was famously created for the film version of Cabaret by Fosse. I'm not 100% sure if there is a reference to Sweet Charity (which would make sense, since it bombed horribly and almost ruined Fosse's filmmaking career), but the musical number with Gideon's girlfriend and daughter begins sort of like the "If They Could See Me Now" number, with Shirley MacLaine in Ricardo Montelbahn's bedroom.

The musical numbers are something to behold. I think this is a given in a Bob Fosse film, but every single one is breathtaking. The sexy rehearsal number, which leads into the even sexier "Airplane" number, would be pilfered by singer/choreographer Paula Abdul in her video "Cold Hearted Snake." More silly trivia, John Lithgow was so goofy looking in his relative youth, that guy who was the captain of the Love Boat and also the dad in ALF has an important part, and Wallace Shawn, of Manhattan, My Dinner with André and The Princess Bride fame appears in the most poorly calculated scene in the movie (Fosse wasn't scrutinizing his film enough if he left it in), has one line, and it is the worst line in the entire film. Damn, I wish I could remember it! 9/10.

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