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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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Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Michael Bennett (concept: musical "A Chorus Line") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevins 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 Michelle Johnston ... Beatrice Ann 'Bebe' Benson
Janet Jones ... Judy Monroe
Pam Klinger Pam Klinger ... Maggie Winslow
Audrey Landers ... Val Clarke
Terrence Mann ... 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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The Movie Event Of 1986! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chorus Line See more »

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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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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Richard Attenborough wanted to cast only unknowns as the aspiring chorus members, and Audrey Landers was concerned that she was too well known from the TV series "Dallas" to make the cut. Fortunately, Attenborough had never seen "Dallas". See more »

Goofs

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: Why is it only my ass that ever gets invited places?
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A Chorus Line
Conceived, Choreographed, and Directed by Michael Bennett
Book of the stage play by James Kirkwood Jr. (as James Kirkwood) and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban (as Edward Kleban)
Produced on the stage by Joseph Papp
a New York Shakespeare Festival Presentation
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Ditto with several other reviewers
5 June 2012 | by AndreapworthSee all my reviews

If you were going to make a film of the wonderful, wonderful stage version, which I have also seen, the only way I could have 'devised it' is to simply put a camera in the back of the theater, do close-ups during some of the montages (Hello 12, hello 13, etc. and during "everything was beautiful at the Ballet", and so many other wonderful montages that MADE the musical so fabulous, and just film the damn thing. And I agree, Michael Douglas is a great actor, but totally wrong and wasted in this role. No way could I buy him as Zach.

And Richard Attenborough - yeah, a good director, but what the hell does he know about musicals?? Try to catch one of the touring companies that are doing it. Yes, for someone who has been on stage, sung on stage, but never danced at this level, the whole thing still brings goose bumps to my arms. And, unlike Diana, I feel a lot of something, rather than nothing.


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