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A Chorus Line (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 20 December 1985 (USA)
Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevins ... Mark Tobori
... Diana Morales
... Connie Wong
... Kim
... Richie Walters
... Zach
... Paul San Marco
... Al DeLuca
Nicole Fosse ... Kristine Evelyn Erlich-DeLuca
... Sheila Bryant
Michelle Johnston ... Beatrice Ann 'Bebe' Benson
... Judy Monroe
Pam Klinger ... Maggie Winslow
... Val Clarke
... Larry
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Storyline

A director is casting dancers for a large production. Large numbers of hopefulls audition, hoping to be selected. Throughout the day, more and more people are eliminated, and the competition gets harder. Eventually, approximately a dozen dancers must compete for a few spots, each hoping to impress the director with their dancing skill. But, is this really what the director is looking for? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Drama | Music | Musical

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MGM [United States]

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Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chorus Line  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$222,919, 15 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,202,899
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of two films concerning the staging of a theatrical production which included the word "chorus" in the title. The other was A Chorus of Disapproval (1989). See more »

Goofs

After Paul is carried off the stage to be taken to the hospital, we see Diana carrying his bag out for him. Moments later as the last elimination is about to take place, the bag is still in the middle of the stage and you even see Diana looking at it as she is walking back to the front line. See more »

Quotes

Larry: You're doing fine, just bring it down a bit.
Richie Walters: A bit? Okay!
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Referenced in House M.D.: The Down Low (2010) See more »

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Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Cast in rehearsal
Also performed as the finale
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Stage to screen unsuccessful
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having seen, studied, read, and researched ACL and Michael Bennett, I have to say that the show does not translate well to the screen. The movie is 'good' at best, but completely loses much of what made ACL so successful on Broadway. The constant swipes to Cassie (taking a cab into the city; talking with Larry; etc) were completely unnecessary, and many of the great songs and monologues were shortened or (worse) cut altogether! Whereas I like Michael Douglas, I feel that he was a poor choice for Zach. Michael Douglas should not have been cast as Zach for the exact same reason Kevin Kline was not cast as Zach in the original production: he couldn't dance.

I often wonder if Michael Bennett would have approved of this film.


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