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A Chorus Line (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 20 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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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The Movie Event Of 1986! See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chorus Line  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,832,625 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bebe Benson was born in 1966. See more »

Goofs

Zach, interviewing dancers in the theater, says he intends to structure the show around the personalities and back stories of whoever makes the cut. This indicates that he doesn't even have a script but merely an idea for a show that will presumably take months to develop. As a result, there is no reason for them to be in an expensive Broadway theater. In reality, they would have been in a far more economical rehearsal hall, because at this early point, no producer would finance costs of working bugs out of such a sketchy project in a high-rent Broadway theater. See more »

Quotes

Zach: Goddammit, now can't ANYBODY up there hear me! Just let your hair down! Can't you talk? All of you, just talk, to me, to each other!... Jesus Christ!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can Do That
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Charles McGowan
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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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