A Chorus Line

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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,...
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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.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
One of Broadway's most legendary and longest-running shows gets slick wide-screen treatment in A Chorus Line, director Richard Attenborough's adaptation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1970s musical. The setting: a Broadway theater, where 16 dancers audition for eight spots in the chorus of a new show by a mega-successful director-choreographer Michael Douglas. It's a single grueling afternoon, and the songs by Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Richard Kleban delve deep into the hopes, dreams, and fears of these young artists, including an out-of-work former star dancer Alyson Reed who happens to be the choreographer's ex-lover. Although there are a few token outdoor shots to establish the New York City milieu, A Chorus Line remains firmly indoors and onstage, where the psyches of the aspirants, their desperations and fears of rejection, must somehow project across the footlights. That's where the musical numbers come in, and it's an effective dynamic, with the director sitting in the darkened house, his voice booming through a public-address system like the voice of god. Douglas is perfect here, effortlessly donning the persona of a cruel perfectionist whose audition technique is half psychoanalysis, half psychological torture. It should go without saying that from songs to lyrics to Michel Bennett's choreography, the stage version of A Chorus Line hit its mark. And while transition from stage to screen can often be a tricky proposition, this adaptation manages to capture enough of the show's texture and sentiment to work some magic of its own. Choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday works well with Attenborough to make the dancing thrive on the big screen, and though purists may lament the replacement of a few original songs with new ones, the signature numbers -- from "Tits and Ass" to "What I Did for Love" to the climactic "One" -- retain much of their emotive power. The result is satisfying musical escapism that captures the charm of this quintessential Broadway blockbuster.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • UPC: 883904301639
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15,294

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
Bambi Jordan Girl in Yellow Trunks
Jennifer Kent Reject Dancer
Jack Lehnert Posterman
Gloria Lynch Taxi Passenger
J. Patrick McNamara Robbie
Barry Moss
Mansoor Najeeullah Cab Driver
Karen Prunczik Reject Dancer
Melissa Randel Reject Dancer
Timothy Scott Boy with Headband
Brooke Smith
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 Jr. 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's the dancing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Im in LOVE

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than I Expected

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE A CHORUS LINE!

    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)...

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