Chorus Line

Chorus Line

Director: Richard Attenborough Cast: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Alyson Reed

Overview

Broadway's celebratory musical about rejection makes it to the screen in a fizzless adaptation by Richard Attenborough that misses the whole point of the Broadway show -- i.e. the dancing and the dancers. Instead, the dancers become a limp Greek chorus for the dead love affair between a choreographer, Zach (a pre-Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas) and his old flame, Cassie (Alyson Reed) the star dancer. Zach is holding try-outs for a new Broadway musical and, as armies of dancers are brought on stage to audition for Zach, he sits in the darkened recesses of the theater, puffing on a cigarette, as he winnows out hopeful dancers who want to become part of the chorus line for Zach's new show. Finally, Zach has reduced the dancers to 16 men and women, and he asks each of them to step to the footlights and tell him about their lives and their dreams. But backstage, while the dancers are confessing their pasts to Zach, Zach's past walks through the stage door. Cassie, Zach's ex-lover, whom Zach met, courted and broke up with in the theatrical environs, has returned. Once a big star, Cassie has returned to the theater -- not to see Zach but to audition for Zach's musical. She needs the work.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/1998
UPC: 0027616691736
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG13
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Zach
Terrence Mann Larry
Alyson Reed Cassie
Cameron English Paul
Vicki Frederick Shiela
Audrey Landers Val
Michael Blevins Mark
Yamil Borges Morales
Sharon Brown Kim
Gregg Burge Richie
Tony Dean Fields Al
Nicole Fosse Kristine
Jan Gan Boyd Connie
Michelle Johnston Bebe
Janet Jones Judy
Pam Klinger Maggie
Charles McGowan Mike
Justin Ross Greg
Blane Savage Don
Matt West Bobby
Jeffrey Cornell Reject Dancer
Richard de Fabees Reject Dancer
Peter Fitzgerald Dancer with Gum
John Hammil Advertising Executive
Gregg Huffman Misfit Boy Dancer
Julie Hughes Actor
Bambi Jordan Girl in Yellow Trunks
Jennifer Kent Reject Dancer
Jack Lehnert Posterman
Gloria Lynch Taxi Passenger
J. Patrick McNamara Robbie
Barry Moss Actor
Mansoor Najeeullah Cab Driver
Karen Prunczik Reject Dancer
Melissa Randel Reject Dancer
Timothy Scott Boy with Headband
Brooke Smith Actor
Sammy Smith Doorman
Ralph Burns Conductor

Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
John Bloom Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Ralph Burns Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph M. Caracciolo Associate Producer
John Dapper Art Director
Cy Feuer Producer
Robert V. Girolami Associate Producer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Edward Kleban Songwriter
Ernest H. Martin Producer
Donald O. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Papp Producer
Faye Poliakin Costumes/Costume Designer
Arnold Schulman Screenwriter
Gordon Stulberg Executive Producer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
Allen Weisinger Makeup

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A Chorus Line 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Johnette More than 1 year ago
Michael Douglas is miscast, but this movie is really about dancers and their gypsy lifestyle. Watch this movie for its exuberant dancing and you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was just recently in a production of A Chorus Line and I am in love with the play. I played ''Greg'' and I loved the movie! People have told me that since I am such a big fan of the play, that the movie would be a dissappointment to me... it was the exact opposite...i loved the movie...(Especially Greg)...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I played Mike, and I remember seeing it at the movie house, and thinking how wonderful it would be to be part of all of this, and then that next year I was casted in the SFO Bay Area production, that sold out! I'm glad that it was made into a movie! And the amazing actors and numbers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ACL was just done on a stage in my town. i fell in love with it and saw it 5 times. Im buying this movie and i'll watch it anytime i miss the play. Oh, and Mike is my FAVORITE. 3 this show is wonderful.
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