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All That Jazz (1979)

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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Gideon
... Angelique
... Audrey Paris
... Kate Jagger
... Davis Newman
... O'Connor Flood
Erzsebet Foldi ... Michelle
... Dr. Ballinger
... Joshua Penn
William LeMassena ... Jonesy Hecht
Irene Kane ... Leslie Perry (as Chris Chase)
... Victoria
Kathryn Doby ... Kathryn
... Paul Dann
Robert Hitt ... Ted Christopher
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Joe Gideon is a Broadway director, choreographer and filmmaker, he in the process of casting the chorus and staging the dance numbers for his latest Broadway show, starring his ex-wife Audrey Paris in what is largely a vanity project for her in playing a role several years younger than her real age, and editing a film he directed on the life of stand-up comic Davis Newman. Joe's professional and personal lives are intertwined, he a chronic philanderer, having slept with and had relationships with a series of dancers in his shows, Victoria Porter, who he hired for the current show despite she not being the best dancer, in the former category, and Kate Jagger, his current girlfriend, in the latter category. That philandering has led to relationship problems, with Audrey during their marriage, and potentially now with Kate who wants a committed relationship with Joe largely in not wanting the alternative of entering the dating world again. Joe also lives a hard and fast life, he chain ... Written by Huggo

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All that work. All that glitter. All that pain. All that love. All that crazy rhythm. All that jazz. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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20 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hinter dem Rampenlicht  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,229, 23 December 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,823,676
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1.85 : 1
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One of two films made and released around 1979/80 that were inspired by Federico Fellini's (1963). The other was Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980). Giuseppe Rotunno, the film's cinematographer, regularly worked with Fellini. See more »

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The sweat spot on Audrey's back changes when Joe talks about fidelity and Paul plays the piano. See more »

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Joe Gideon: A great entertainer...
O'Connor Flood: A great entertainer!
Joe Gideon: A great Humanitarian...
O'Connor Flood: A great Humanitarian
Joe Gideon: And my dear friend of 25 years...
O'Connor Flood: And my dearest, dearest friend for 20 years!
Kate Jagger: [Joe turns off the TV] You missed by five years!
Joe Gideon: [walking to the bathroom] Oh boy, do I hate show business!
Kate Jagger: Joe, you love show business.
Joe Gideon: Oh that's right. I love show business. I'll go either way.
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There are no opening credits, only the company credits and the title, which resembles revolving Broadway lights. See more »

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Everything Old Is New Again
(1974)
Written by Peter Allen (uncredited) & Carole Bayer Sager (uncredited)
Performed by Peter Allen
Irving Music, Inc. / Woolnough Music, Inc. (BMI) / New York Times Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Depressing but brilliant
30 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

The life and times of Bob Fosse--oops! sorry!--Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider). He directs, choreographs and writes Broadway musicals and the occasional movie. He also has sex with every woman he can, is a chronic smoker...there's more but I don't want to ruin it.

Basically, this is a character study and an absolutely fascinating one. This is Bob Fosse doing a movie about himself and showing his life in an extremely negative light. I saw this movie when it first came out in 1980. I thought it was one of the most depressing things I had ever seen--but went back to see it three additional times.

The acting is just great all across the board--Scheider is cast against type...and pulls it off. In fact he was nominated for an Academy Award for this performance (he lost to DeNiro for "Raging Bull"). Jessica Lange is playing...let's call her Our Lady of the Oxygen Tank (you'll see what I mean). Seriously, she has a difficult role and plays it beautifully.

The direction is superb, mixing fantasy with reality seamlessly. The songs are good and the dancing is just great (especially in one VERY erotic number about casual sex).

This movie is not for everyone--I know of one theatre in which half the audience walked out demanding their money back--but, if you're game, you probably won't be able to take your eyes off the screen.

Depressing but just great. Fosse's best film (even better than "Cabaret"!)


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