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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

Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014), Michael Douglas claimed that this movie was not a high point of either his career nor that of Sir Richard Attenborough. See more »

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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 »

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Bobby: I would always try to find ways to kill myself, but then I realized to commit suicide in Buffalo is redundant.
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Let Me Dance for You
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Alyson Reed
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Gandhi
2 February 2005 | by don_aguSee all my reviews

I wonder who, how and more importantly why the decision to call Richard Attenborough to direct the most singular sensation to hit Broadway in many many years? He's an Academy Award winning director. Yes, he won for Gandhi you moron! Jeremy Irons is an Academy winning actor do you want to see him play Rocky Balboa? He has experience with musicals. Really? "Oh what a lovely war" have you forgotten? To answer your question, yes! The film is a disappointment, clear and simple. Not an ounce of the live energy survived the heavy handedness of the proceedings. Every character danced beautifully they were charming but their projection was theatrical. I felt nothing. But when I saw it on stage I felt everything. The film should have been cast with stars, unknown, newcomers but stars with compelling unforgettable faces even the most invisible of the group. Great actors who could dance beautifully. Well Michael Douglas was in it. True I forgot I'm absolutely wrong and you are absolutely right. Nothing like a Richard Attenborough Michael Douglas musical.


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