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A Chorus Line (1985)

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Critic Reviews: 1
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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

Apr 15, 2003

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (11) | DVD (9)

probably worked much better as a live production

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

'A Chorus Line' will certainly give people who think they want a career in dance some idea of whether they're up to the challenge. And the rest of the audience will never look at a musical chorus line the same way.

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Misconceived and poorly executed by director Richard (Gandhi) Attenborough, who turns the Broadway smash hit musical into a total bore.

June 23, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sexy Broadway classic gets disappointing 1980s remake.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

They should've just left it on Broadway

June 8, 2004 | Comment (1)
Reel.com

A Chorus Line vividly conveys the anxiety and hopefulness of dancers trying out for a Broadway musical

April 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

You'll be crying "uncle" long before those gams are flashed.

April 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

"astonishingly, it throws out just about everything that made the show a classic"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

They did the best they could ... which (unfortunately) isn't all that great.

July 26, 2002 | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

Something about this high-kickin,' ways-of-the-world broadway musical just doesn't translate well to the screen. And unless you're a Broadway actor or a wannabe Broadway actor, don't expect to enjoy it...or even understand it.

July 26, 2002 | Comments (2)
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Audience Reviews for A Chorus Line

I recently saw a 30 minute excerpt of the play at a community theater conference. This got my wife and I interested in watching the DVD. Unfortunately, some songs were added in the movie that were not in the stage musical and some songs were excluded from the movie that were in the stage musical. This all came together to mean that the audience doesn't get a chance to know all of the core group of auditioning dancers as well here as in the stage version and that the emotional impact seemed diminished. I ended up thinking that the 30 minute excerpt with some of the highlights of the show was a better piece of entertainment than this two hour movie.

That being said, I did like Michael Douglas's performance. The drama happening between the director, the choreographer, and the returning star is something I missed in the excerpt I saw. I missed the song from the stage production though where the director asks the performers what they would do if they couldn't dance. The way the camera captures the dance numbers, the often used mirrors, the backstage areas, and the dark shadows of the house where the director sits made the movie visually interesting especially since I love theater. I only really fell in love with three of the musical numbers here in the movie, so that's not a very large percentage. Overall a disappointment.
September 27, 2010
hypathio7

Super Reviewer

Good fun, lovable characters, fantastic dance. Cop out of a story, but hey it's Broadway. Worth the watch.

P. S. The DVD box looks like shit.
January 9, 2009
merillupin

Super Reviewer

Wow. This needs to be remade badly. Such high potential that doesn't deliver on film.
May 4, 2009
SunilJawahir

Super Reviewer

Really, really, REALLY cheesy. I also wasn't a fan of how they switched some of the songs to fit in their bad '80s versions with disgusting synthesizers. The dancing is great though, and Michael Douglas fits right in despite not having a song to sing. I have to point out though, doesn't the Larry character look like Tim Curry?? A Chorus Line has its moments, but it's really ruined by the 80s. Pity.
December 6, 2006
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