This is a fantastic and moving musical, directed by Richard Attenborough, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban; the story is great, the characters are convincing, the music is wonderful and the dancing spectacular.
The story takes place during an audition for what is known as a chorus line; a group of dancers and singers who perform synchronized routines in musical theatre. I know it doesn't seem much and I know that it is impossible to explain what takes place during and audition to anyone who has never participated in one, but this lovely musical and indeed this film are the closest an 'outsider' can get to the harsh, sometimes unfair, passionate and wonderful world of theatre. What I love about this story is that the very skilful dancers in this audition are not competing for a glamorous staring role in the musical, but for a very small part; just a spot in the chorus, one of the many dancers in the background. The competitors for this most desired spot are all extremely skilful, likable, and each with a heartbreaking personal story and a passionate desire to "get it". Throughout the film, as their individual stories unfold, we know that almost their life itself depends upon getting this job, and so we hope that there was some way the could all get it, they certainly deserve it, and yet we know as does the choreographer who conducts the audition, that only few will have a happy ending.
With excellent performances by each and every actor and great songs like "At the Ballet", "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three", "What I Did for Love" and my personal favorite "Nothing", this film is as contemporary today as it was when it was first produced, and is indeed a classic.