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One of my 'guilty pleasure' movies

  • Nov 30, 2008
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I think superior to Cabaret (closest similarity) because of its fatalistic storyline. It is really about a man's journey through death, starting as he flirts with death and eventually embraces it; death being portrayed by a beautiful woman who in intermittant scenes discusses Joey's life with him. In life, he is a philanderer who drinks and smokes and takes drugs to maintain his busy lifestyle as a top director on Broadway. Trying to satisfy his insatiable appetite to be the best, to create the best; he must balance his relationships with his girlfriend, ex-wife, and daughter. As the show he is producing begins to go over-budget, the stress is on and he finally reaches a saturation point of drugs, bad living and stress, and has a massive heart attack. He then goes through the seven stages of death in his own theatrical way, dreaming of scenes that would portray his death on stage. Brilliant dance sequences, excellent choreography,(and don't forget the actual footage of real open heart surgery) a flashy production of the life and death of a talented A-type personality, giving glimpses into just how little he leaves behind him in the end. The final death production is absolutely great. Enjoy!
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Starring Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ben Vereen, Leland Palmer
Directed by Bob Fosse
Writer:  Bob Fosse, Robert Allan Arthur
1979

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Part tragic, part comic, this outrageous look at life in the fast lane in the Academy Award-winning musical about Bob Fosse's excessive life in show business. Played by Roy Scheider, Fosse's alter-ego drives himself over the edge and soon finds he is caught between a recurring fantasy about his death and the reality of a near-death experience. Dazzlingly presented, this electrifying story about the perils of pushing yourself too hard is filled with Fosse's legendary song-and-dance choreography.
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Movies, Drama Movies, Musical, Academy Awards, Jessica Lange, Ben Vereen

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Director: Bob Fosse
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Release Date: 20 December 1979
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 123 Minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
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