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A Chorus Line

by Kevin Taft
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Monday Jan 27, 2014
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Despite the stage version having phenomenal success on stage, Sir Richard Attenborough’s film adaptation of the beloved stage musical "A Chorus Line" flopped at the box office. With a $25 million budget and a $14 million domestic gross, it was a disaster for the holiday season.

Despite that, there are some pleasures to be had here, and the Blu-ray keeps the film sharp. Occasionally there are some sound issues (speaking parts tend to be too soft, while the musical numbers suddenly get louder), but it’s a handsome film for what it is -- which, to be blunt, is claustrophobic.

Attenborough’s attempt to open the film up to random flashbacks doesn’t work and the reworking of some of the musical numbers left fans perturbed. I’m not sure it still really holds up, but it’s easy to appreciate the no-name (at the time) cast with the biggest names being Janet Jones ("American Anthem") and Audrey Landers.

Many of the other actors were Broadway vets, and of course Terrence Mann and Alyson Reed were names in that world. Michael Douglas was the only notable cast member from the film world and he does seem out of his element at times.

As a blast to the 80’s past and with no other way to see the show except in revivals or National Tours, it’s still somewhat entertaining. But be sure to have some crackers handy for all the cheese.

There are no special features except for the trailer.

"A Chorus Line"
Blu-ray
$19.99
www.foxhome.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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