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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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Drama | Music | Musical

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Release Date:

13 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Adrian Lyne was offered the chance to direct but declined because he did not want to become pigeon-holed as only a director of musicals. See more »

Goofs

After Paul is carried off the stage to be taken to the hospital, we see Diana carrying his bag out for him. Moments later as the last elimination is about to take place, the bag is still in the middle of the stage and you even see Diana looking at it as she is walking back to the front line. See more »

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Sheila: My mother was kind of middle-aged and frumpy.
Diana: Whose isn't?
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What I Did for Love
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Alyson Reed with cast dancing in the background
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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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