A Chorus Line (Film)

  • Michael Douglas: Zach
  • Michael Blevins: Mark Tobori
  • Yamil Borges: Diana Morales
  • January Gan Boyd: Connie Wong
  • Sharon Brown: Kim
  • Cameron English: Paul San Marco
  • Tony Fields: Al DeLuca
  • Nicole Fosse: Kristine Evelyn Erlich - DeLuca
  • Vicki Frederick: Sheila Bryant
  • Michelle Johnston: Beatrice Ann ' Bebe ' Benson
  • Janet Jones: Judy Monroe
  • Pam Klinger: Maggie Winslow
  • Audrey Landers: Val Clarke
  • Terrence Mann: Larry
  • Charles McGowan: Mike Cass
  • Alyson Reed: Cassie
  • Justin Ross: Greg Gardner
  • Blane Savage: Don
  • Matt West: Bobby Mills III
  • Pat McNamara: Robbie
  • Roxann Dawson: dancer ( in the credits as " Roxann Cabalero " )

A Chorus Line is an American film drama directed by Richard Attenborough in the year 1985. The plot is based on the musical A Chorus Line. Michael Douglas plays the director and choreographer Zach, who must choose eight candidates for a new Broadway production. The selection procedures, the need to undergo the dancers is extremely hard.


A Chorus Line is about the search for a cast for a planned Broadway musical. Zach, director and choreographer, requires four male and two female dancers for the chorus of the song. They are to be selected from hundreds of applicants ( " Gypsies " ) who participate in a public Vortanzwettbewerb.

Initially, the young dancers, all absolutely need a job, given a combination of steps and they get a few seconds of time to audition. Most are dismissed or suspended on the spot. The rest takes part in a further rigorous selection process, until finally only sixteen remain standing at the white line that runs across the stage.

Before he makes the final selection, Zach asks each that he tells something of himself so that he can judge who might be suitable for the roles of the musical: "I will shake you and see who you really are. " The object is doing for some of the dancers to the soul striptease if they need to talk about the separation of its parents or about their homosexuality.

The tension is exacerbated by the arrival of Cassie, a former chorus dancer who previously had a great success, as they had to take the solo part in a show. She was romantically involved with Zach, but had left him for an offer from Hollywood. Also, they want to stand in the " Line" and a trial dance for the show, which will initially rejected by Zach because of their skills, as this did not fit the level of the group.

However, when she does not give in, they must dance too but in the end and is elected by the group. After Zach checked the dancers, he lets a group come forward who already happy because she thinks he's qualified. Zach tells them, that the front group is not qualified. In the final scene we see the group during their real appearance on Broadway.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times 20 December 1985, that the film's "hard " show lives of dancers who have auditioned for " a handful of roles" " hundreds of times ". He could not satisfy the " purists " who would expect a faithful adaptation of the template. Ebert asked whether the last scene meant the " inhumanity " of the character of Zach.


The film was nominated in the categories Best cut, Best Song ( Surprise, Surprise ) and Best Sound for an Oscar in 1986.

The director Richard Attenborough and the film for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical were nominated in 1986 for a Golden Globe Award. The Cutter John Bloom and the Tonexperten were nominated in 1986 for the BAFTA Award. As a Best Foreign Language Film in 1987, the film was nominated for the Award of the Japanese Academy.


The film was shot in two City theater buildings in Manhattan, New York. He played in the cinemas of the United States a approximately 4.8 million U.S. dollars.


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