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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.

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Michael Bennett (concept: musical "A Chorus Line") | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevins Michael Blevins ... Mark
Yamil Borges ... Morales
Jan Gan Boyd ... Connie
Sharon Brown ... Kim
Gregg Burge ... Richie
Michael Douglas ... Zach
Cameron English ... Paul
Tony Fields ... Al
Nicole Fosse ... Kristine
Vicki Frederick ... Sheila
Michelle Johnston Michelle Johnston ... Bebe
Janet Jones ... Judy
Pam Klinger Pam Klinger ... Maggie
Audrey Landers ... Val
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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One singular sensation See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$14,202,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,202,899
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Runtime:

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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Trivia

Lea Thompson revealed in an interview with Nerdist Podcast that she was offered the role of Kristine DeLuca but turned it down to appear in Back to the Future (1985). See more »

Goofs

In the closing while the credits are running, watch the lower right hand corner of the screen. While doing high-kicks one dancer falls and then gets up again and continues dancing. See more »

Quotes

Zach: Goddammit, now can't ANYBODY up there hear me! Just let your hair down! Can't you talk? All of you, just talk, to me, to each other!... Jesus Christ!
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Referenced in Vamp Till Cue (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can Do That
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Charles McGowan
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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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