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A Chorus Line (1985)

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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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 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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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, 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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Trivia

Seven musicals won the Pulitzer Prize in drama during the 20th century--one per decade from the 1930s-90s. They are: "Of Thee I Sing" from the 1930s, "South Pacific" from the 1940s, "Fiorello" from the 1950s, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" from the 1960s, "A Chorus Line" from the 1970s, "Sunday in the Park with George" from the 1980s, and "Rent" from the 1990s. "Next to Normal" (2010) was the first musical to win a Pulitzer in the 21st century. See more »

Goofs

Zach, interviewing dancers in the theater, says he intends to structure the show around the personalities and back stories of whoever makes the cut. This indicates that he doesn't even have a script but merely an idea for a show that will presumably take months to develop. As a result, there is no reason for them to be in an expensive Broadway theater. In reality, they would have been in a far more economical rehearsal hall, because at this early point, no producer would finance costs of working bugs out of such a sketchy project in a high-rent Broadway theater. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: I couldn't catch a ball if it had Elmer's Glue on it. And wouldn't my father have to be this big ex-football hero. Well, he was so humiliated, he didn't know what to tell his friends, so he told them all I had Polio. On Father's Day, I used to limp for him.
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Referenced in Land of the Lost (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I Hope I Get It
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Michael Douglas, Pam Klinger, Cameron English, Charles McGowan and Cast
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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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