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A Chorus Line -- Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

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Writers:
Arnold Schulman (screenplay)
Michael Bennett (concept: musical "A Chorus Line")
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Release Date:
13 December 1985 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Michael Blevins ... Mark Tobori

Yamil Borges ... Diana Morales

Jan Gan Boyd ... Connie Wong

Sharon Brown ... Kim

Gregg Burge ... Richie Walters

Michael Douglas ... 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

Janet Jones ... Judy Monroe
Pam Klinger ... Maggie Winslow

Audrey Landers ... Val Clarke

Terrence Mann ... Larry
Charles McGowan ... Mike Cass

Alyson Reed ... Cassie

Justin Ross ... Greg Gardner
Blane Savage ... Don
Matt West ... Bobby Mills III
Pat McNamara ... Robbie
Sammy Smith ... Doorman
Timothy Scott ... Boy with Headband
Bambi Jordan ... Girl in Yellow Trunks

Mansoor Najee-ullah ... Cab Driver

Peter Fitzgerald ... Dancer with Gum
John Hammil ... Advertising Executive
Jack Lehnert ... Posterman
Gloria Lynch ... Taxi Passenger
Gregg Huffman ... Misfit Boy Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Aaron ... Dancer
Jeff Adkins ... Dancer

Khandi Alexander ... Dancer
AnneMarie ... Dancer
David Askler ... Dancer
Michele Assaf ... Dancer
Bryant Baldwin ... Dancer
Buddy Balou ... Dancer
Carol Baxter ... Dancer
Tina Bellis ... Dancer
Ida Broughton ... Dancer
Robin Brown ... Dancer
Anna Bruno ... Dancer
Brian Bullard ... Dancer
Cheryl Burr ... Dancer
Bill Bushnell ... Dancer
Sergio Cal ... Dancer
Cole Carpenter ... Reject Dancer
Joe Anthony Cavise ... Dancer
Linda Cholodenko ... Dancer
Cheryl Clark ... Dancer
Christine Colby ... Dancer
Alex Cole ... Dancer
Anne Connors ... Dancer

Leslie Cook ... Dancer
Jeffrey Cornell ... Dancer
Alicia Cox ... Dancer
Frank Cruz ... Dancer

Roxann Dawson ... Dancer (as Roxann Cabalero)
Richard DeFabees ... Reject Dancer
John DeLuca ... Dancer

Eldo Ray Estes ... Dancer
Niki Harris ... Dancer
Reed Jones ... Dancer
Jennifer Kent ... Reject Dancer
Barbara Lavorato ... Dancer
Felix Montano ... Dancer
Alan Onickel ... Dancer

Scott Plank ... Dancer
Karen Prunczik ... Reject Dancer
Rhett Pyle ... Dancer
Melissa Randel ... Reject Dancer
Elissa Rosati ... Dancer

Leslie Stevens ... Dancer
Mary Ellen Stuart ... Dancer
Scott Wise ... Dancer
Kim Smith Yandow ... Dancer
Barbara Yeager ... Dancer

Yvonne Farrow ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (screenplay)

Michael Bennett (concept: musical "A Chorus Line")

James Kirkwood Jr. (book: musical "A Chorus Line") &
Nicholas Dante (book: musical "A Chorus Line")

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... associate producer
Cy Feuer .... producer
Ernest H. Martin .... producer
Gordon Stulberg .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Casting by
Julie Hughes 
Barry Moss 
 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
 
Art Direction by
John Dapper 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. 
 
Costume Design by
Faye Poliakin 
 
Makeup Department
Craig Lyman .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... unit production manager
Michael S. Glick .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis D'Esposito .... second assistant director
Robert V. Girolami .... first assistant director
Jane Paul .... second second assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master
Jay Rabins .... art department coordinator
Martin Rosenberg .... set dresser
Gerald DeTitta .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... supervising sound editor
Jeremy Hume .... assistant sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Trent .... dance foley
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Brandofino .... assistant camera (1985)
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip
Charles Meere III .... electrician
Gary Muller .... co-first assistant camera
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Scott Rathner .... additional second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Edward Blum .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Christians .... wardrobe supervisor
Jennifer Nichols .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Tom San Martin .... negative matcher
Arnold Shuster .... negative matcher
 
Music Department
Lamar Alsop .... musician
Seymour Barab .... musician
Elena Barere .... musician
Ethan Bauch .... musician
John Beal .... musician
Jay Berliner .... musician
Warren Bernhardt .... musician
Randy Brecker .... musician
Ralph Burns .... conductor
Ralph Burns .... music arranger
Ann Calahan .... musician
Bob Carlisle .... musician
Heidi Carney .... musician
Clifford Carter .... musician
Emile Charlap .... musicians contractor
Michael Farrow .... music mixer
Marvin Hamlisch .... music by
Joseph Joubert .... dance music layouts
Ed Kleban .... lyricist (as Edward Kleban)
Guy Lumia .... concert master
John Moses .... musician
Emily Paine .... assistant music editor
Michael Tronick .... music editor
Valerie Wilson Morris .... score vocalist (as Valerie Wilson)
Robert E. Wooten Jr. .... dance music layouts
Gary Anderson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Buckman .... driver
 
Other crew
Michael Bennett .... choreographer: original stage production
Michael Bennett .... stage director: original stage production
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Gregg Burge .... assistant choreographer
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Monte Farber .... location manager
Jeffrey Hornaday .... choreographer
Brad Jeffries .... assistant choreographer
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Joseph Papp .... stage producer
Helene Phillips .... dance assistant
James R. Powell .... production assistant
Eric P. Steckler .... production assistant
Clayton Townsend .... location manager
Mindy Weiss .... assistant: Emile Charlap
Stanley Bielecki .... publicity and marketing (uncredited)
David Lauren .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
113 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Terrence Mann, who plays the role of Larry, would later marry actress/dancer Charlotte d'Amboise. 20 years after making this film, Charlotte would play the role of Cassie in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line."See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Mike Cass:How many jobs are there?
Larry:4 and 4.
Judy Monroe:44?
Sheila:No, 4 *and* 4.
Larry:4 boys, 4 girls.
Sheila:Need any women?
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Soundtrack:
Dance: Ten; Looks: ThreeSee more »

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37 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A Pale Imitation of the Original..., 30 November 2005
Author: ijonesiii from United States

For those who never saw A CHORUS LINE onstage and their only exposure to the story was this film, this film is OK as movie musicals, nothing special, just OK. I have seen the show on Broadway 4 times and even auditioned for a touring company of the show once and for someone who pretty much memorized the original production, the 1985 film version is so dreadful on so many levels that I don't even know where to begin. First of all, for those who have never auditioned for a theatrical production, let me assure you that IRL when you audition for a play, the director, producer, and choreographer never ask personal questions and don't give a crap about why you wanted to become a performer. A real theatrical audition, whether it be for a play or a musical, rarely takes more than five minutes. If you're auditioning as a dancer, you get shown a 64-bar dance combination once, you do it, and then they decide immediately whether you're in or out. Michael Bennett's original concept of the show was to flesh out the lives of dancers and introduce to the uninitiated the passion for performing and why so many sacrifice so much for so little. The play is about these dancers. First of all, director Richard Attenborough took so much focus off the dancers by beefing up the Cassie/Zach relationship and by casting Michael Douglas as Zach. In the play, you NEVER see Zach...he is just a voice in the back of the theater and his relationship with Cassie is barely touched upon. Cassie shown in the cab in traffic trying to get to the audition and upstairs talking to Larry (a character who is not even in the play)was all added for the movie and took so much focus off what the story is about. Major musical numbers were cut or rethought. The opening number in the play "I Hope I Get It" shows all of the dancers doing a jazz and ballet combination and then people get eliminated. In the movie they jam three hundred dancers onstage together and show them in closeup to disguise the fact that they have cast people in the film who can't dance (can you say "Audrey Landers"). "Goodbye 12, Goodbye 13, Hello Love", a brilliant vocal exploration of these dancers' childhood's jaundiced memories was reworked as "Surprise, Surprise" mainly a vehicle for the late Gregg Burge as Richie. The show's most famous song, "What I Did for Love" which in the show was a touching allegory sung by the entire cast about what they give up to dance, becomes just another standard love song in the film, performed tiredly by a miscast Allyson Reed as Cassie. Jeffrey Hornaday's choreography for the film is dull and unimaginative and doesn't hold a candle to Michael Bennett' original staging and when you're making a movie about dancers, the choreography has to be special. There are a couple of good dancers in the film, the previously mentioned Gregg Burge as Richie, Michelle Johnston as Bebe, and Janet Jones as Judy, but they are hardly given the opportunity to show what they can do, yet Audrey Landers, who can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, is given one of the show's best numbers, "Dance 10, Looks 3." I will admit that the finale, "One" is dazzling, but you have to wait almost two hours for that. I would say that if you never saw A CHORUS LINE onstage, this film might be worth a look, but if you are a devotee of the original Broadway musical...be afraid...be very afraid.

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