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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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$222,919, 15 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,202,899
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2.35 : 1
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Michael Bennett, the choreographer and director of the original Broadway production, was involved with the production at an early stage of development, but left because the producers were unwilling to give him the level of creative control he desired. He advised producer Cy Feuer not to put the film's main focus on the relationship between Zack and Cassie. See more »

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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 »

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Sheila: My mother was kind of middle-aged and frumpy.
Diana: Whose isn't?
Sheila: At fourteen she was middle-aged and frumpy.
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At the Ballet
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Vicki Frederick, Michelle Johnston, and Pam Klinger
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One Singular Disaster
6 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I admit to having been a fan of the original stage production. I never saw the movie version until very lately on cable, and watched it with anticipation, to see my memories brought alive again, because I adored the original show. Imagine my dismay.

This has to be the worst translation of a Broadway show to film ever made. They changed the story, they changed the songs, they lost the soul. I was expecting a trip down memory lane, singing to the extraordinarily touching Music and the Mirror, At the Ballet, and Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen. Not! Not only did they adulterate the music to an almost unrecognizable point, but they messed up the storyline, adding songs and exterior plotlines (hello Cassie and Michael Douglas) not present in the original, and injecting "drama" where it wasn't necessary. The original had enough pathos on its own. If you were a fan of the original Broadway show, don't bother. I'm sorry I wasted my time, and diluted my memories, watching this tripe.


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