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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 »

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,202,899
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Technical Specs

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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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Trivia

Michael Bennett, the choreographer and director of the original Broadway production, was involved with the production at an early stage of development, but left because the producers were unwilling to give him the level of creative control he desired. He advised Producer Cy Feuer not to put the movie's main focus on the relationship between Zack and Cassie. See more »

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During the auditions, many of the dancers that were cut are shown again later on in the auditions before the cut resulting in only the main characters. A key example is the boy with the red-striped shirt and red head band who mutters, "I've never been cut this soon" as he leaves the stage; he is clearly seen a few minutes later behind Diana just before she goes over to talk to Paul. See more »

Quotes

Sheila: My mother was kind of middle-aged and frumpy.
Diana: Whose isn't?
Sheila: At fourteen she was middle-aged and frumpy.
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Connections

Referenced in A Chorus Line (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Wrong Steps Every Step Of The Way
29 June 2007 | by shark-43See all my reviews

Yes, I was lucky enough to see the long-running original production of Michael Bennett's hit musical. It was an amazing experience and I paid to see the movie when it hit theatres back in 1985. It is awful. Almost everything fails. First off, Attenborough (a fine actor, a good director with the right material) is a sorry choice - almost as bad as when John Huston was hired to mangle ANNIE. The camera is always in the wrong place - they chop up the songs and the CASTING!!! They are awful - the power of the play was these dancers - these hungry, talented performers just wanted a chance to show what they could do and when they got their chance - you couldn't take your eyes off of them. But this cast just gets by dancing, does a "nice" job singing but none of them spark one bit. In fact, look up the cast on IMDb - none of them really went on to do anything much. (OK, OK, Janet Jones married Gretzky - sheesh). So this cinema trainwreck does not capture for one second the magic, the desperation, the passion of the stage musical. A total strike-out! (But even though they try to smother the music - the great music still rises up at times and reminds people how great the score was).


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