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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 »
User Reviews:
Why this movie fails so badly 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)

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)

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Trivia:
Roxann Dawson's film debut.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:
Larry:You're doing fine, just bring it down a bit.
Richie Walters:A bit? Okay!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hairspray (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Why this movie fails so badly, 19 May 2006
Author: middleburg

On Broadway, A Chorus Line was pure magic. From the second the show opened with a spectacular burst of energy to the truly grand finale, a joyous curtain call of all those chorus members who we grew to love during the course of the show, we were totally engaged - captivated by the intensely personal stories, some funny, some clever, some stirring, of this chorus line. The movie is another matter entirely. The focus is now on the director - and WHAT an ogre he is! Every time the film switches to Michael Douglas, there he is with a bitter, sour expression, barking out questions and orders, screaming and yelling whenever he gets the chance. Yikes!! That changes the dynamics of the story. On Broadway, the director was indeed an imperious offstage presence, but he was also sort of a theatrical device to allow the stories of these amazing strong/fragile/intriguing/hilarious chorus line members to be told with insight and clarity. There is a reason this work won the Pulitzer Prize! And actually in one of the only moments the director appears, he is there to comfort the young Puerto Rican Dancer after we hear that dancer's heart-breaking story. He appears again to ultimately express his genuine affection/ concern for Cassie. But in the movie, from the second Douglas' director starts bitterly barking orders, the chorus line members' stories become secondary. It's like they are in a lousy profession, where a jaded director instead of showing the joy at creating a new exciting theatrical show, is jaded, exhausted, furious at having to audition these chorus members. On stage, there was ALWAYS the excitement of the show. Here in the movie practically from the word go, you feel sorry for everyone involved. During the course of the musical, we desperately wished every single one of those chorus members well, and how happy we would have been if they had all gotten the job! But of course that couldn't happen. But in the Finale when they all came back in glorious costume with those amazing spinning mirrors on stage, sometimes reflecting us in the audience, in our hearts, and we know, also in the hearts of all those chorus members both accepted and rejected, they were on stage forever dancing in a profession they loved so much, bringing magic to the theatre. In the movie, after all the misplaced story lines and emphasis, that magic becomes totally diluted. All we feel (even with the exact same curtain call), is that some of the members got a job with a mean-spirited director. So they all come on the screen and are dancing again. Big deal.

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