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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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Drama | Music | Musical


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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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Did You Know?


Film debut of Roxann Dawson. See more »


In the closing while the credits are running, watch the lower right hand corner of the screen. While doing high-kicks one dancer falls and then gets up again and continues dancing. See more »


Connie: Connie Wong. Always Wong, never Wight.
[Zach looks up]
Connie: Bad joke. I was born in Chinatown, lower east side.
Zach: How old are you?
Connie: I was born December 5th, four thousand six hundred and forty two, the Year of the Chicken.
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Referenced in Conan: How the Grinch Stole Innocence (2010) See more »


Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Cast in rehearsal
Also performed as the finale
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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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