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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.


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





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
Barbara Koval ... Principal Dancer
Audrey Landers ... Val


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 »


Drama | Music | Musical


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Did You Know?


In the major dance scene, just at the end of the audition sequence, you can clearly see dancers who have been shown to be rejected. This scene isn't intended to be in continuity, but is more like a curtain call (as it was in the Broadway musical). See more »


Connie: Tapping's not my strongest point!
Larry: I see that.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (1992) See more »


Let Me Dance for You
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Alyson Reed
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27 July 2001 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

A strange picture, as it peels the outer rims of human feelings and aims straight for the raw. Auditioning for a Broadway stage musical are hundreds of youngsters who dream with a place in the limelight. The plot, you can imagine, is basically an audition, with all its highs and lows. And when I say it has raw feelings, i'm talking about the cold process of selection, which is encarnated by the obscure character of Michael Douglas, who, in the obscurity of the audience, with only a little light next to him, says who stays and who goes, even if he has to be brutal sometimes ("Then don't dance!!!", he says shouting to a girl who didn't have any dance classes). The result is a film sustained by the different phases of selection and the suspense of who is going to be a star and who has to leave, which, altogether, will charm only dance-addicts and everyone who would like to be in one of these shows one day.

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]





Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$222,919, 15 December 1985

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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