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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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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 »
User Reviews:
Not the singular sensation it should have been See more (81 total) »

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)
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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:
Kelly Bishop is probably best known to today's audiences as Rory's grandmother on TV's "Gilmore Girls" (2000) and as the mother of Jennifer Grey's character in Dirty Dancing (1987). Kelly Bishop won a Tony award for her performance as Sheila in the original Broadway production of "A Chorus Line" (under the name Carole Bishop).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In some of the large or far away shots, Valerie is missing from the ensemble, even though she is supposed to be rehearsing with the others. It is very notable that she is missing thru most of the dancing sequence at the beginning when Zach makes everyone get on stage to do the combination from the top; also missing in the ending of the "Surprise, Surprise" number, and when they are doing the tap-dancing combination when Cassie sings "What I did for Love", she is not there. (It turns out that the reason for this is that the actress playing her was not a strong dancer and was removed from some of the more taxing routines.)See more »
Quotes:
Sheila:You were a rotten dancer.
Zach:Why do you think I became your choreographer?
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Soundtrack:
Hello 12, Hello 13, Hello LoveSee more »

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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Not the singular sensation it should have been, 27 October 2004
Author: divaclv

If you've never seen a stage production of "A Chorus Line" (no small feat, since it was not only once the longest running show on Broadway but has had extensive touring and regional exposure), then the movie version is perhaps better than nothing. However, an acquaintance with the source material makes one realize how much the film falls short of the power of the original.

Michael Bennett's magnum opus was conceived as a tribute to "gypsies"--Broadway chorus dancers--and in a way, to the every bodies and nobodies from all walks of life. The characters in "Chorus Line" are not rich or famous, nor are they likely to be, and over the course of the story they bare legs, heart and soul just for the chance to be one body in a unified, faceless corps. Bennett brought out each dancer's individuality, making each a loving, well-defined portrait of a human being with all the hopes and dreams, problems and shames that everyone has but nobody ever sees. But director Richard Attenborough undermines this essential concept in two very distinct ways.

First, there is the presence of Michael Douglas as Zach, the choreographer who puts the auditioning dancers through the paces. Granted, if one must have a "name" actor in "A Chorus Line" then this is the place for it--Zach neither sings nor dances, and exists mostly as a God-like voice issuing from the dark of the auditorium. But Douglas' very presence overshadows the dancers, who should be the heart and soul of the show. True, his name is listed in the credits alphabetically with everyone else's, but every time the camera's on him we go "Hey, that's Michael Douglas," pulling our focus from where it should be.

Also pulling focus is the undue emphasis Attenborough puts on Cassie, the veteran dancer who was once Zach's lover. Although Zach and Cassie's relationship is a part of the stage show, it is but once facet among the many stories told over the evening. Attenborough makes Cassie the central part of the film, shortchanging several other characters in order to provide flashbacks of her life with Zach and her former glory days as a featured dancer. She's even given the eleven o'clock number "What I Did For Love," a song that originally was written as the dancers' anthem to pursuing the dream of Broadway without regret but is here employed as just another torch ballad. (Composer Marvin Hamlish and lyricist Edward Kleban have expressed dissatisfaction with this song, claiming the lyrics were too generalized; its misuse here unfortunately proves their point.) Near the end of the film, when Cassie tells Zach that all the dancers on stage are special, the words ring hollow, not only because of all the screen time she's gotten but because (unlike the stage version) she's been backstage and away from the audition for the majority of the proceedings.

Now and then, one gets a glimpse of what "A Chorus Line" should be. The dancing is good and photographed well, and the music (though over synthesized for the film and sung by mostly mediocre voices) still has impact. But this landmark musical deserved a far more memorable and worthy screen incarnation than it has been given.

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