A Chorus Line (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  13 December 1985 (USA)
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Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevins ...
Mark Tobori
Diana Morales
Connie Wong
Richie Walters
Paul San Marco
Tony Fields ...
Al DeLuca
Nicole Fosse ...
Kristine Evelyn Erlich-DeLuca
Vicki Frederick ...
Sheila Bryant
Beatrice Ann 'Bebe' Benson
Judy Monroe
Pam Klinger ...
Maggie Winslow
Val Clarke


A director is casting dancers for a large production. Large numbers of hopefulls audition, hoping to be selected. Throughout the day, more and more people are eliminated, and the competition gets harder. Eventually, approximately a dozen dancers must compete for a few spots, each hoping to impress the director with their dancing skill. But, is this really what the director is looking for? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

13 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chorus Line  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


$4,832,625 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Madonna auditioned for a role under her full name (Madonna Ciccone) but she was rejected by the director Richard Attenborough. See more »


Several of Larry's dance directions were repeated as background noise behind other scenes. One example is during the opening credits when the auditioning dancers are lined up outside the theater Larry's voice is heard counting down and making calls such as "walk walk walk" and he gives these exact same calls in the next scene. Another is when Cassie is reminiscing in the dressing rooms Larry can be heard saying, "Make it strong, guys" when he has just said this in an earlier shot of the auditions. See more »


Larry: Don't you know the combination, Sheila?
Sheila: I knew it when I was in front!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Anne Hathaway/The Killers (2008) See more »


Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Audrey Landers
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NOT "A Chorus Line"
14 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the worst film adaptations of a musical ever made. The stage version of A Chorus Line is wonderful. This movie misses the mark in almost every way. Even the casting is baffling. Take Audrey Landers as Val. "Dance 10 Looks 3" is Val's song. Val's story is that she is a great dancer but a 3 in the looks department. Yes, she finds a solution, but ultimately she's a great dancer. What do the brilliant filmmakers do? They hire an actress who can't dance and is famous for looking great. Way to miss the boat.

Then there's the choreography. I'm sure Michael Bennett was turning over in his grave. Why didn't they use his choreography? It really can't be improved upon.

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