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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Universal Pictures held an option on the film rights for five years but finally put it in turnaround when they failed to come up with a workable idea on how to adapt it. See more »


In the major dance scene, just at the end of the audition sequence, you can clearly see dancers who have been shown to be rejected. This scene isn't intended to be in continuity, but is more like a curtain call (as it was in the Broadway musical). See more »


Connie: Tapping's not my strongest point!
Larry: I see that.
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Referenced in Killer Bud (2001) See more »


I Hope I Get It
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Michael Douglas, Pam Klinger, Cameron English, Charles McGowan and Cast
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One Singular Disaster
6 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – 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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