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Chorus Line [DVD]

Michael Douglas , Terrence Mann , Richard Attenborough    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins, Yamil Borges, Jan Gan Boyd
  • Directors: Richard Attenborough
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman, James Kirkwood Jr., Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante
  • Producers: Cy Feuer, Ernest H. Martin, Gordon Stulberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y424
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,605 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish

From the Back Cover

Richard Attenborough directs Michael Douglas in Chorus Line, a story of the hardships and rejections in the theatre world. Zach (michael Douglas) is auditioning dancers for a new Broadway musical, narrowing down the hordes to a small number of hopefuls who want to be in the Chorus Line for his new show. When reduced to sixteen men and women, Zach asks each contestant to step forward into the footlights. Here he questions them about their ambitions. While probing into their pasts Zach is confronted by his own in the shape of his ex-girlfriend Sheila – who once a successful actress now needs work.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nightmare of dance 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The nightmare of dance is its speed and timing. The chorus line is a fantastic example of proffesionalism at its best and gives you great understanding of the gruelling tasks set upon old and younge dancers in this very distinguishable era. I have many times done the opening dance "I hope i get it" and the difficulty level is phenomenal. Standing ovation!! Brilliant!!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MASTER PIECE!! 20 July 2004
Format:DVD
I was really quite surprised to read some of the condescending reviews about this Master Piece! Purhaps, having not seen the stage show, I do not miss the 'better sequences' that have been cut. However, watching this movie time and time again, I never bore of its electric cast that shine with such presence throughout. I can totally believe how this film has been responsible for peoples careers..as a performer I was hugely tempted on first seeing this film, to become a dancer. It is so dynamically full of life and influencial in that way... All the 'chorus line' show great potential, though you can easily distinguish between who will 'get it' at the end and who will not. 'Surprise Surprise' a classic, so full of spark and even sexual tension!!! 'I can do that' and 'The one' obviously stand out to me, but 'Nothing' is performed with great pinazz too... The one star lost because I felt it focussed too much on Cassies relationship with Zak. Overall however, a very striking and memorable production. I would highly recommend to anyone considering the stage....
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching 13 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"A Chorus Line" follows the fortunes of a multitude of dancers as they audition for a new show on Broadway. The gritty reality of the audition process to which dancers, singers and actors subject themselves is sympathetically portrayed, including some wonderful 'private moments' from some of them, detailing why they chose to become a dancer. Those from a theatrical background will find much to recognise (eg one of the first songs - "I need this job!"), but the film does not exclude those who have never experienced an audition procedure. The music is great, as is the choreography, and the film brings to living colour a show originally produced for the stage. It is one of those films that leaves you humming the music, tapping your toes, refreshed by the humanity of it all, and wanting to watch it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE HOPE THEY GET IT!!! 1 Aug 2010
By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love dance then you will love the movie. 16 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie to me was one of the greatest influences in my dance career because it captured the energy and the love for dance that only a dancer can know. I did not see the broadway show because it will ruin the movie for me. They are two seperate performances. A great young talented cast headed by a great director is a plus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ATTENBOROUGH CLASSIC 2 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
This film received much unjustified adverse comment when first released but has stood the test of time. I purchased this for my sister-in-law whose video of it has worn out from viewing! Well lit, well directed, well filmed but above all Superb Dancing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Alona
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Short & Sweet Revue
A great film well acted, danced & directed. You really get involved in the story & feel the anxiety of the dancers hoping they are going to get the job. Most importantly you want to get up & dance 2 left feet and all.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT for fans of the stage show 19 Mar 2002
Format:DVD
For fans of the stage show, avoid this. Remember that this is not a recording of a stage performance. It was turned into a movie, and Dickie Attenborough succumbed to the old Hollywood habit of ruining stage musicals.
There is unnecessary expansion of the back story of the relationship between Zack & Cassie. The one song in the show that doesn't quite work for me, "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" is replaced by a new song "Surprise Surprise" that is worse! One of my favourites, "The Music and The Mirror", is also replaced! The greatest sin of all is missing the point of "What I Did For Love": by giving it to Cassie it now becomes a throwaway lost love song, instead of the summary of why we're all here. For this show, we need the music, the mirror, and the white line on a bare stage - not this film version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really love this dvd
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. D. M. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Great Service Too!
Love this film & now bought for my niece who is a huge fan. Such speedy delivery too - highly recommended!!
Published 28 days ago by EssexBetty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this musical!
I purchased A Chorus Line dvd to help my daughter to familiarise herself with the storyline of this musical show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mariella clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
If you've not seen this, and like musicals with good character acting then you will probably love it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike McShed
5.0 out of 5 stars A choras line
I was very impressed with the delivering service! And of course the film was amazing it was a very good buy
Published 2 months ago by Tara
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Blu-ray - Picture
As my title says, the picture on this blu-ray is great. The DVD has always been grainy and murky, and while the BD retains it's filmic look it no longer is grainy OR murky. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pantheon
2.0 out of 5 stars a douglas fan
not his best film by far expected something different to this .i think i made a mistake and got mixed up with the lisa minnelli film called stepping out.
Published 3 months ago by mrs j appleby
1.0 out of 5 stars cheesy
In my opinion this film will not stand the test of time,whereas the documentary "every little step" brings depth and credibility to the original concept from the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by keith longley
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
the film is amazing love the songs in it and michael douglas is great it was delivered very quickly i would recommend
Published 4 months ago by ryan mapplebeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical Film
I saw the movie years ago and used to have it on VHS, but now don't have a machine on which to play it, so I bought the DVD instead. Greatly enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Sandra Scott
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