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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevins ... Mark Tobori
... Diana Morales
... Connie Wong
... Kim
... Richie Walters
... Zach
... Paul San Marco
... Al DeLuca
Nicole Fosse ... Kristine Evelyn Erlich-DeLuca
... Sheila Bryant
Michelle Johnston ... Beatrice Ann 'Bebe' Benson
... Judy Monroe
Pam Klinger ... Maggie Winslow
... Val Clarke
... 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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Drama | Music | Musical

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MGM [United States]

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Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chorus Line  »

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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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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Terrence Mann, who plays the role of Larry, would later marry actress/dancer Charlotte d'Amboise. Twenty years after making this film, Charlotte would play the role of Cassie in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line." See more »

Goofs

Several of Larry's dance directions were repeated as background noise behind other scenes. One example is during the opening credits when the auditioning dancers are lined up outside the theater Larry's voice is heard counting down and making calls such as "walk walk walk" and he gives these exact same calls in the next scene. Another is when Cassie is reminiscing in the dressing rooms Larry can be heard saying, "Make it strong, guys" when he has just said this in an earlier shot of the auditions. See more »

Quotes

Sheila: You were a rotten dancer.
Zach: Why do you think I became your choreographer?
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Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: The Producers (1999) 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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One Singular Disaster
6 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I admit to having been a fan of the original stage production. I never saw the movie version until very lately on cable, and watched it with anticipation, to see my memories brought alive again, because I adored the original show. Imagine my dismay.

This has to be the worst translation of a Broadway show to film ever made. They changed the story, they changed the songs, they lost the soul. I was expecting a trip down memory lane, singing to the extraordinarily touching Music and the Mirror, At the Ballet, and Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen. Not! Not only did they adulterate the music to an almost unrecognizable point, but they messed up the storyline, adding songs and exterior plotlines (hello Cassie and Michael Douglas) not present in the original, and injecting "drama" where it wasn't necessary. The original had enough pathos on its own. If you were a fan of the original Broadway show, don't bother. I'm sorry I wasted my time, and diluted my memories, watching this tripe.


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