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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.


(screenplay), (concept: musical "A Chorus Line") | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chorus Line  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


$4,832,625 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Diana Morales was born on April 10, 1962. See more »


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Lyrics by Ed Kleban
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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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