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A Chorus Line -- Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.
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 »
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A classic example of how to do everything wrong in a stage-to-film adaptation See more (82 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 (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:
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:
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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Soundtrack:
Who Am I Anyway?See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A classic example of how to do everything wrong in a stage-to-film adaptation, 2 February 2003
Author: jimu63 from San Marcos, CA

Richard Attenborough's totally ordinary and exasperating screen version of Michael Bennett's brilliant stage musical "A Chorus Line" is a classic example of how to do everything wrong in a stage-to-film adaptation.

First off, hire a director who has absolutely no idea how to stage a musical or judge musical talent. Allow him to hire a cast based on looks and youth as opposed to actual talent, update the setting from 1975 to 1985, then let him throw out the original production's ground-breaking choreography as being "dated" and hire the "Flashdance" choreographer to create '80's style dance routines that will look ridiculously dated 20 years later. And don't worry if the director doesn't even understand the meaning and purpose of the original show; after all, the show really isn't about aging dancers hoping for one more show so they can cling onto their dreams for a while longer. No, no, no. As he said at the time, the show is about "kids trying to break into show business." As a result, he doesn't have to even think about hiring the original cast as they are "now in their thirties and forties." (Note: all this is recounted in the book "On the Line" by Thommie Walsh and Baayork Lee.)

Then, to top it off, allow him to change the focus from the dancers themselves to a corny backstage love story between Zach the choreographer and Cassie, the fallen "star," who has come back to beg her old flame for a job. Finally, take the show's showstopper, the beautiful and unforgettable "What I did for Love" away from Diana, give it to Cassie, and turn it from an anthem about giving up your life for your dreams into a love song to a jerk. And make sure you cast a star like Michael Douglas as Zach and then cut to a reaction shot of him a dozen times during the dance numbers even if it is incredibly distracting. After all, people came to see him and not the dancing.

I could go on and on, but why bother? The truth is, with a couple of exceptions, nobody in this cast sings or dances convincingly on a Broadway level, and my bet is most wouldn't make it on the dinner theater circuit either. The exceptions? Vicki Frederick is a hoot as Sheila, the senior (and most cynical) of the dancers. Gregg Burge has a fun dance solo in the original tune "Surprise, Surprise," but then they ruin it by having him joined by the rest of the cast. And Alyson Reed is very good and convincing as Cassie, the star. But why, oh why did they replace Cassie's brilliant solo "The Music and the Mirrors" with the terrible original tune "Let Me Dance With You?" This and the bowdlerization of "What I Did For Love" alone sink the film. Not to mention that the show's other showstopper "Dance Ten Looks Three" is ruined by the terrible performance of Audrey Landers, who was obviously hired due to her gorgeous looks rather than her obvious lack of talent.

Any way, "A Chorus Line" is an major disappointment, especially now that Rob Marshall and company have shown us how to adapt a musical with his marvelous film version of "Chicago" which seems headed for a Best Picture Oscar. Ironically, both musicals debuted on Broadway the same year (1975) and while "A Chorus Line" was the bigger hit, because they got the film version of "Chicago" right and this one so wrong, "Chicago" seems destined to go down in history as the better production. Maybe if they'd waited for a more appropriate director with a real vision for this film, things would be different. Oh, the possibilities--- ** (out of *****)

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