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(1979)

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Many of the characters in the film are based on real-life characters from the New York theater world. Aside from Roy Scheider, Leland Palmer's character was based on his wife/frequent star Gwen Verdon. John Lithgow's character was also based somewhat on the New York theater director Michael Bennett, director of "Dreamgirls" with whom Bob Fosse had a longstanding rivalry. The character of producer Jonesy Hecht was based upon his fellow longtime rival Harold Prince. Ann Reinking was more or less playing herself. The character of songwriter "Paul Dann" is a swipe at Stephen Schwartz, with whom he had unhappily worked on "Pippin". Jules Fisher, the lighting designer on many of Fosse's shows, and later the producer of his show "Dancin'", makes an appearance as a lighting designer in the scene with Lithgow. The film is based on Fosse's real-life heart attack whilst both editing his film Lenny (1974) and simultaneously directing the original 1975 Broadway production of "Chicago".
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The studio did not originally want Roy Scheider for the role of Joe Gideon. They wanted Warren Beatty or a more critically acclaimed actor for the role. Bob Fosse stuck to his choice and fought for Scheider, eventually securing him in the lead.
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Richard Dreyfuss was originally cast in the role of Joe Gideon but left the production during the rehearsal stage.
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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.
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The address on the Dexedrine pill bottle that Joe Gideon used every morning was "61 West 58th Street". Bob Fosse actually lived in apartment 26B at 58 West 58th Street.
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Bob Fosse's 16-year-old daughter, Nicole Fosse, appears briefly as a dancer, doing stretches in front of a vending machine, who is asked, "Can't you do that somewhere else?" while Joe Gideon is introducing his new idea for the Air-otica number.
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According to Shirley MacLaine in her autobiography "My Lucky Stars", the idea for this film was hatched when Bob Fosse was hospitalized for a heart attack. MacLaine claims she was the one who gave Fosse the idea to do "a musical about his death" though she said Fosse seemed to not remember this later. However, Fosse did offer her the role of Audrey Paris, she wrote.
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One of the first lines, "To be on the wire is life; the rest is waiting", is spoken voice-over as we see a man falling from a high wire into a net (and the speaker then admits he did not make it up). The quote is generally attributed to Karl Wallenda, who had died the year before the film came out, when he fell from a high wire without a net.
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Julie Hagerty was once romantically involved with director/choreographer Bob Fosse, she was cast in a small role in this film. Her role ended up on the cutting room floor.
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Leland Palmer's final cinematic appearance.
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Final movie musical directed by Bob Fosse. Also Fosse's final feature film as a choreographer.
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This was the only film done by Erzsebet Foldi.
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The budget for this film blew-out from US $6.5 million to US $10 million. Director Bob Fosse went over-budget before filming the famous "Bye, Bye Life" finale. The Columbia studio refused to give him any more money. At an impasse, Columbia execs privately showcased much of what was in the can of the film for the president of Twentieth Century-Fox. Impressed, the president agreed that Fox would finance the remainder of the shoot; he also asked for and received distribution and cable rights. Profits from the picture were split according to the contract between the two studios, although Fox received top billing over Columbia in the credits.
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Alan Alda and Gene Hackman were considered for the role of Joe Gideon.
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According to his biography by Eric Lax, Paul Newman turned down the role of Joe Gideon.
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Ann Reinking, who played a role based on herself, had to audition several times before she was cast.
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The mustachioed editor (called, "Eddie") of the film-within-a-film, "The Stand-Up" is played by Alan Heim, the actual editor of this film.
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When first released on video, this was the first such videocassette to have a stereo soundtrack.
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The production shoot for this picture went for 101 days. Post-production ran for eight months.
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One of two film's made and released around 1979/80 that were inspired by Federico Fellini's (1963). The other was Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980). Giuseppe Rotunno, the film's cinematographer, regularly worked with Fellini.
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The character of Davis Newman (Cliff Gorman) was based on Dustin Hoffman who had played the title role in Bob Fosse's earlier film Lenny (1974).
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The relationship between the characters Victoria (Deborah Geffner) and Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) was based on the relationship during rehearsals between director Bob Fosse and dancer Jennifer Nairn-Smith whilst working on the stage musical "Pippin". Nairn-Smith actually appears in this movie playing a Principal Dancer.
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Jack Lemmon was considered for the role of Joe Gideon, but this was decided he was too old.
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Alan Bates was considered to play Joe Gideon, but was considered "too British".
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Jon Voight read for the role of Joe Gideon, but Bob Fosse had already recommended Roy Scheider for the role.
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