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A Chorus Line (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 20 December 1985 (USA)
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
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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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20 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Chorus Line  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Lea Thompson revealed in an interview with Nerdist Podcast that she was offered the role of Kristine DeLuca but turned it down to appear in Back to the Future (1985). See more »

Goofs

When calling out numbers, Larry calls the number two twice. See more »

Quotes

Connie: Tapping's not my strongest point!
Larry: I see that.
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Connections

References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Audrey Landers
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Stage to screen unsuccessful
12 November 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Having seen, studied, read, and researched ACL and Michael Bennett, I have to say that the show does not translate well to the screen. The movie is 'good' at best, but completely loses much of what made ACL so successful on Broadway. The constant swipes to Cassie (taking a cab into the city; talking with Larry; etc) were completely unnecessary, and many of the great songs and monologues were shortened or (worse) cut altogether! Whereas I like Michael Douglas, I feel that he was a poor choice for Zach. Michael Douglas should not have been cast as Zach for the exact same reason Kevin Kline was not cast as Zach in the original production: he couldn't dance.

I often wonder if Michael Bennett would have approved of this film.


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