A Chorus Line [DVD] [1985]

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, the star dancer Cassie (Alyson Reed). 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. Sheila, Zach's ex-lover, whom Zach met, courted and broke up with in the theatrical environs, has returned. Once a big star, Sheila has returned to the theater -- not to see Zach but to audition for Zach's musical. She needs the work.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features


  • "Marvin Hamlisch: From Broadway to Hollywood" featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English stereo surround
  • English, French & Spanish language subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


A Chorus Line
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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Douglas
    Michael Douglas - Zach
  • Terrence Mann
    Terrence Mann - Larry
  • Alyson Reed
    Alyson Reed - Cassie
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    Cameron English - Paul
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    Vicki Frederick - Shiela



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    After Years!!!

    Posted
    PollyMary
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    I've looked for A Chorus Line years. First when it was a video. This time I was looking for a DVD. Found it in a couple of places but Best Buy is my location of choice. I loved watching it again after so many years. It was such a pleasure. I was a dancer of a different sort and love watching choreography and music. Thank you for such bliss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great DVD

    Posted
    unicorn
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    It was very easy to find this musical The Chorus Line on Best Buy site. Ordering was very simple and received it on time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    i love this movie

    Posted
    mindyis20

    i love this movie and always have since i was really little we would watch it when it was on tv, even after 20 years i still remember all the words to the songs.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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