A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

DVD - 1985
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A choreographer subjects 16 dancers to a grueling audition for a Broadway musical.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c1985
ISBN: 9780792855217
Branch Call Number: CHO
Characteristics: 1 dvd (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 19, 2016

(*Most demented movie-quote imaginable*) - "All I know how to do is point my toes and leap!".... (Spare me!)

Believe me - This 1985 "audition" movie was truly idiotic. Its whole premise concerned a bunch of absolutely desperate hopefuls who were all auditioning for (*and I quote from movie*) "a crummy chorus line job".

Until seeing "A Chorus Line" - I had never realized just how irrationally emotional dancers really were. I mean, getting this "crummy chorus line job", literally, brought a good number of them to tears.

And, on top of that - They were all so anxious about getting this "crummy chorus line job" that they willingly subjected themselves to a totally demented "soul bearing" interrogation from a smug, asinine, tyrannical choreographer named Zach in order to land this nothing-of-a-position..... (Sheesh!)

The last straw that broke this musical's back, for me, was the introduction of the revolting "Cassie" character into the story. Her utter desperation to land this "crummy chorus line job" was absolutely sickening beyond belief.

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VRMurphy
Jan 11, 2016

Terrific dancing, clunky dialogue, average songs. This was much more compelling as a stage show than it is as a film.

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 22, 2015

Very good dancing/production (which is the reason I watched), but some of the acting/drama, etc. are a little weak.

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talktimereader
Jan 06, 2015

Love the dancing. Love Janet Jones and Nicole Fosse.

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COURIER3
Feb 04, 2014

POOR ,VERY DISAPPOINTING.
DID NOT SEE AN OSCAR THERE.
ONLY ONE OR TWO TUNES WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION.
THE ROLE MICHAEL DOUGLAS PLAYED WAS DISGUSTING.
MARVIN HAMLISH WAS A GENIUS, BUT NOT WITH THIS ONE.

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akirakato
Mar 16, 2013

This is a 1985 musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Michael Douglas, based on the Tony Award-winning book of the 1975 stage production of the same name by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.
The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997, and the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the US, until surpassed in 2011 by Chicago.
It remains the sixth longest-running Broadway show ever.
Its success has spawned many successful productions worldwide.
Though it was generally agreed that Hair would not work as a film, Milos Forman transformed it into one of the most original pieces of musical cinema of the last 20 years.
How about "A Chorus Line"?
Well... Mr. Attenborough seemed to try hard.
Some critics say that the director made a more or less straightforward film version that was fatally halfhearted.
I think he did a great job working within the limitations, using every trick he could think of to keep the picture moving with the grit and drive of the original stage production.

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tm77
Feb 18, 2012

The first time I saw this film, I thought the plot was a little weak. The supposedly "great" dancer, is really not that good and the "love" story plot is very weak. Now I know why. The movie was made essentially without a script. It was developed as the film went along. So the music and songs are still very good, and the personal stories of the chorus line are interesting, but the plot is still weak. This film won several academy awards, mostly for music.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

A Chorus Line is a fun show with some good dancing and decent songs, but it does not have much substance when on film. On stage, sure. But when it comes to the movie, there are deep moments, but, in the end, it's a pretty frivolous movie. It is not the best movie-musical, but it is definitely not the worst.

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NanaPat
Feb 20, 2011

When this film was released in 1985 it was then worthy of an Oscar.
When this film was released the disclosures made by the chorus line and the struggles of and reasons For becoming a performer where not commonly talked about or even know in some circles.
When this film was released few "behind the scenes" stage productions had been seen by the average public ; so to bring this very personalized concept to the big screen was gutsy and spectacular.
When this film was released the performances, both acting and otherwise , would have been considered exceptional.
When this film was released I would have given it a five star rating.
Today's film expectations , from the nearly over exposure to the arts , makes this piece an almost weak production of what is currently considered only moderate performances and dancing talent.
In order to enjoy this film at its' best , we need to put ourselves back in the time period when this film was released.
Today's film expectations leave my rating at only two and a half stars.

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joseph
Feb 11, 2010

Good – A Chorus Line (1985) 113 min. Half-decent musical numbers and interesting characters elevate this picture to a good viewing experience. Michael Douglas wouldn’t have been my first choice to play choreographer and director who puts a fair amount of pressure on auditioning dancers for his Broadway stage show. Though critically panned, I thought the film wasn’t bad at all and enjoyable.

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NanaPat
Feb 20, 2011

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NanaPat
Feb 20, 2011

The New York Times called this film
" A Single Burst of Breathtaking Inspiration ".

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that this was "An Enormously Exciting , Often Inspired Movie!"

Both quotes from 1985 .

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