I cant seem to understand why this movie only has a 5.7 rating here. It boggles my mind considering I thought the movie was amazing. Michael Douglas does an amazing performance and the dancing is spectacular, at least in my view. Maybe, and this is a good possibility, you are all being faithful to the musical, and in comparison the movie is crap... That is also possible, but having not seen the musical and having an unbiased opinion, I would have to say this movie was awesome and I highly recommend it. The other thing that I really enjoyed about this movie was the different characters and how <more>
well one got to see their personalities throughout the film. This is more plot than anything, and those of you making comparisons may find this boring, but I especially found Cassie, Miss Morales, Paul, and Bebe to be fabulous in their roles, and exceptional dancers. I hope you all enjoy this film as much as I did.
its my fave movie of all time (by the_werewolf_with_the_red_roses)
hi for all the people who have seen this wonderful movie im sure thet you would have liked it as much as i. i love the songs once you have seen the show you can sing along as though you are part of the show singing and dancing . dancing and singing. the song ONE is an all time fave musical song too and the strutters at the end with the mirror its so oh you have to watch this one
This Broadway show and Movie is, and always will be, a classic (by M.Hunt)
This movie will always be a Broadway and Movie classic, as long as there are still people who sing, dance, and act.
Loved it! (by TonyG-7)
Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to see this show performed live, and maybe that's why I love this movie. In my much younger days, I did some stage work, which probably gives me another bias. The songs, the dancing, the acting: all fine, as far as I'm concerned. This is pure Broadway, so stay away if you prefer movies. :-
A Fabulous And Poignant Look At Life As A Broadway Hopeful (by apmusicman)
Anyone who has seen this movie and reviewed it poorly, I would refer them to Roger Ebert's review of this movie. He is one of the most respected Critics in the industry, and he gave it 3 1/2 Stars.This is a great movie. It may not be perfect, or spectacular, but I enjoyed it. A Chorus Line is not so much a story, as it is a group of stories about the lives of Broadway hopefuls. I read reviews where people said that too much time was wasted on the romance between Zach and Cassie. That is an incorrect view. It is another story along with all the other stories that are told about each of the <more>
Broadway hopefuls. What people fail to realize is that those who are dancers for Broadway shows go through the same things that the common man goes through. And that I think is really the point of the whole show. It is to showcase not only the talent of these special dancers, but to give us some poignant things to think about in regard to life in general. This is a study of life as a Broadway star. Anyone who has dreamed of becoming a Broadway star watches this movie with a great feeling of relationship because they have gone through exactly what the characters are going through. This is a great musical. It has its slow points, and at times gets a little confused with the pacing of certain story lines, but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Take a closer look at the movie, and then maybe you will understand what I am talking about.
The singing is mediocre, but the dancing is wonderful! (by JohnHowardReid)
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of young hopefuls try out for a Broadway chorus line. But only eight of them are to be selected.COMMENT: Following their joint success on "Gandhi" 1982 , director Richard Attenborough and photographer Ron Taylor again collaborated three years later on "A Chorus Line", this time with considerably less critical success. Although Attenborough copped all the blame, the fault if there was indeed a fault in transferring this mighty stage success to the screen should have been sheeted home to Arnold Shulman instead. It was Schulman who made all the <more>
alterations that inflame most people who compare the two productions. All Attenborough did was to direct, and very competently and at times quite inventively too. True, Michael Douglas does hand in a rather abrasive performance that tends to throw the movie off-center, but that's the way the movie was obviously written and cast. I do agree that too much attention in the movie script is given to the Mike Douglas/Alyson Reed plot and that this swings the audience's attention away from other hopefuls in the chorus line, but nonetheless, Miss Reed here making her screen debut is a charming lass and fully deserves this extra attention. I'm more concerned that the singing with a couple of notable exceptions was at best mediocre. But it's rare to find a performer who is equally deft in both fields no-one would claim that either Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire were great vocalists . This movie rightly focuses on the dancing – and that is consistently superb! In fact, "electrifying" is the word!
I just pulled out the old VHS tape and watch ACL again last night.I read Donna McKechnie's autobiography not too exciting, IMO and have started "On The Line".I remember watching The Tony Awards when ACL won practically everything and read anything I could get my hands on regarding the play at that time. As a teenager, I thought I would never, ever get to NYC which I have now been 5 times in 10 years and was anxiously awaiting the movie. I have watched this movie more times than I have any other. I did see it on stage in San Diego and unfortunately was disappointed. Some <more>
dancers were old and out of shape. I would love to see the revival and I may possibly do so next year.The story touched me because of the dancers. The movie has some very good dancing and of course, the music is also very good. I thought the character of Cassie may have been upgraded in the movie as her character represented a great number of dancers. Those who leave Broadway for Hollywood and do not reach the level of success they enjoyed previously.I know I'm prejudiced about the character of Zach because I thought Michael Douglas was just yummy in the movie. I don't know what happened to the actress of Bebe in the movie, but she was also a favorite of mine.
I liked the movie much more than the musical (by marc_vd)
As a disclaimer, I've seen the movie 5-6 times in the last 15 years, and I only just saw the musical this week. This allowed me to judge the movie without being tainted by what was or wasn't in the musical however, it tainted me when I watched the musical : I actually believe Michael Douglas worked quite well in that role, along with Kasey. I think her 'Let me dance for you scene' is one of the best parts of the movie, a worthwhile addition compared to the musical. The dancers and singing in the movie are much superior to the musical, as well as the cast which is at least <more>
10 times bigger easier to do in the movie of course . The decors, lighting, dancing, and singing are also much superior in the movie, which should be expected, and was indeed delivered. The songs that were in common with the musical are better done in the movie, the new ones are quite good ones, and the whole movie just delivers more than the musical in my opinion, especially compared to a musical which has few decors. The one bad point on the movie is the obvious cuts between the actors talking, and dubbed singers during the singing portions for some of the characters, but their dancing is impeccable, and the end product was more enjoyable than the musical
When this movie was released it was a flop. What a pity!, many said. Now 25 years later and watching the movie I have to admit that the movie is quite good. Not perfect but no the mess many fans claim to be. The first part of the movie is just PERFECT, AMAZING....with unforgettable auditions, dancing, ... The big problem starts when they talk about their lives. From that point the movie has got its ups and downs. But it never falls in a total mess. You can feel the sweat, the hard work, their dreams and hopes.......you can feel LIFE! If we compare it with other musicals of the time, maybe A <more>
CHORUS LINE and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are the best examples of good musicals in a dark age for this gender. Both of them are far superior to other titles and both of them have got their ups and downs. SO to be fair A CHORUS LINE is a very good movie. OK, some changes from the stage production, but it always happens when they translate musicals from stage to screen. Evan some fans have said that the choreography is just awful. Come on guys, the movie isn't cheap and the spend money in the most important thing: dancers and dancing. So if you have never seen the stage version just give A CHORUS LINE a chance. You won't be disappointed. And please Michael Douglas, don't be ashamed about it and stop making jokes about your part in this movie as the worst choice of your life. A flop doesn't mean something it's bad.