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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevins ...
Mark Tobori
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Diana Morales
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Connie Wong
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Kim
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Richie Walters
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Zach
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Paul San Marco
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Al DeLuca
Nicole Fosse ...
Kristine Evelyn Erlich-DeLuca
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Sheila Bryant
Michelle Johnston ...
Beatrice Ann 'Bebe' Benson
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Judy Monroe
Pam Klinger ...
Maggie Winslow
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Val Clarke
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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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The Movie Event Of 1986! See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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20 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Chorus Line  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$222,919 (USA) (15 December 1985)

Gross:

$14,202,899 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Dance 10, Looks 3" was originally called "Tits and Ass", but it was changed so that the audience would not see that title listed in their programs. The logic was that if it were a surprise during the show, it would get a better audience reaction. See more »

Goofs

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: Why is it only my ass that ever gets invited places?
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Connections

Referenced in Shrek the Third (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can Do That
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Charles McGowan
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Best musical of all time on Broadway to a mangled mess of celluloid
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the original "Chorus Line" on Broadway God knows how many times and felt the passion, despair and joy come from this live experience in the theater. Michael Bennett knew he would have to re-imagine "Chorus" for the screen but could never figure out how to do it. If the man who came up with the show is stumped - that should answer your question. There are some shows that are simply made to be seen live - with an audience. However, Richard Attenborough fresh of the musical work of "Ghandi" and dancing with animals in "Doctor Doolittle" ended up directing this film which bore little to no resemblance to the stage show. Horrible songs were added (Surprise! Surprise!), great songs were dropped or given to other characters (which didn't make sense). Michael Douglas was mis-cast. People that couldn't dance tried to act and there was the sexy "Landers" woman who couldn't sing, act, or dance - I guess she had just finished being Ghandi's wife. The dances by Jeffrey Hornaday look like nothing more than schlock from "Flashdance" rejects and nothing works. I sat there stunned at how something so riveting and emotional could be drained to nothing. If you truly love this show and it is coming back to Broadway in 2006 - see it but don't think that the long running musical event that was "A Chorus Line" has any thing at all to do with this film.


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