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A Chorus Line (1985)

 -  Drama | Music  -  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

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
Cameron English ...
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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13 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,832,625 (USA)
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Trivia

Seven musicals won the Pulitzer Prize in drama during the twentieth century--one per decade from the 1930s to the 1990s. They are as follows: "Of Thee I Sing" from the 1930s, "South Pacific" from the 1940s, "Fiorello" from the 1950s, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" from the 1960s, "A Chorus Line" from the 1970s, "Sunday in the Park with George" from the 1980s, and "Rent" from the 1990s. "Next to Normal" (2010) was the first musical to win a Pulitzer in the twenty-first century. See more »

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In some of the large or far away shots, Valerie is missing from the ensemble, even though she is supposed to be rehearsing with the others. It is very notable that she is missing thru most of the dancing sequence at the beginning when Zach makes everyone get on stage to do the combination from the top; also missing in the ending of the "Surprise, Surprise" number, and when they are doing the tap-dancing combination when Cassie sings "What I did for Love", she is not there. (It turns out that the reason for this is that the actress playing her was not a strong dancer and was removed from some of the more taxing routines.) See more »

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Sheila: Why is it only my ass that ever gets invited places?
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Let Me Dance for You
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Alyson Reed
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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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