Recall the brilliance, dance, and ego of "All That Jazz"


By: Julie medina

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Joe Gideon is the ultimate work (and pleasure)-aholic, who takes handfuls of amphetamines to juggle his demanding life and “all that jazz.”

Who says this? “It’s show time, folks!”

Joe Gideon is a theater director and choreographer trying to balance work on his latest Broadway musical with editing a Hollywood film he has directed. He has investors, girlfriends, an ex-wife, a daughter, and dancers to please. It is always showtime for him. Joe Gideon is portrayed by Roy Scheider. Scheider was an award-winning actor and amateur boxer.


Who says this? “Don't b***s*** a b***s***er.”

This is said by Joe Gideo who is portraying director/choreographer Bob Fosse, in a somewhat fictional/fantasized life story. The story is centered on the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer who knows when someone is putting one over on him, because that’s what he does to everyone else.


What mixture of things does Joe need to get his day going?

This is what Joe needs to get his day going. Joe who is a workaholic who chain-smokes cigarettes, and without a daily dose of Vivaldi, Visine, Alka-Seltzer, Dexedrine, and sex, he wouldn't have the energy to keep up the biggest "show" of all — his life.


What is the name of the “Angel of Death”?

Angelique, the Angel of Death that Joe flirts with during his episodes in the hospital, is portrayed by Jessica Lange. Lange has received worldwide acclaim for her work in film, theater, and television. In addition to acting, Lange is a photographer with three published works and she is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.


What is the name of the character who is Joe’s ex-wife?

Audrey Paris is the name of Joe Gideon’s ex-wife. Audrey is a character believed to be modeled on Bob Fosse's wife, Gwen Verdon. Audrey is portrayed by Leland Palmer, an actress, dancer, and singer who has appeared on stage, in motion pictures, and on television.


What is the character name of Joe Gideon's current girlfriend?

Kate Jagger is played by Ann Reinking, an award-winning actress, dancer, and choreographer. With Reinking, life is stranger than fiction. For instance, in 1977 she replaced Gwen Verdon (who plays Joe’s ex-wife) in the starring role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago," a show directed and choreographed by Fosse. She also was Fossie’s girlfriend in real life.


What is the name of Joe’s daughter?

Joe’s daughter is named Michelle. She is a talented young dancer. She dances in a delightfully intimate pas de deux with her father, a show dance with her father’s latest lover, and several sequences in the surgery hallucination sequence. Erzsébet Földi portrays Michelle Gideon. As an adult dancer, Földi performed with the American Dance Theatre and the Twyla Tharp Company. Sometime in the '90s she became a born again Christian and left the industry.


What is the final shot of the movie?

In the final shot of the movie, Joe Gideon’s body is being zipped up in a body bag. Roy Scheider, who plays Joe Gideon, once commented that he had sung, danced on the stage, and acted before, but until this movie he had never done all three in the same production. He never mentioned being zipped into a body bag.


Which one of these is the first line of the movie?

The first line of the movie is, "To be on the wire is life; the rest is waiting." This line is spoken as we see a man falling from a high wire into a net (and the speaker then admits he did not make it up). The quote is generally attributed to Karl Wallenda, who fell from a high wire without a net and died the year before the film came out. The line speaks to the need to be “on the wire,” which is when one truly feels alive.


Which two people are conversing? “F*** him! He never picks me!” “Honey, I did f*** him and he never picks me either.”

Two female dancers converse backstage about Joe. Even when he is in the hospital, after his severe attacks of angina and exhaustion, an endless string of women frolic around his hospital room. Did you know that Bob Fosse considered playing the lead role himself? Producer David H. Melnick pointed out that Fosse, who had a history of heart problems, wouldn't survive the shoot.


What is the character’s name who plays the Stand-Up?

Davis Newman is the "Stand-Up" in the stand-up routine that Joe is editing. Cliff Gorman portrays the Stand-Up. Gorman is a stage and screen actor who won an Obie award in 1968 for the stage presentation of "The Boys in the Band," and he went on to reprise his role in the 1970 film version.


What does Dr. Ballinger tell Joe about taking care of himself?

Joe stays at the hospital under his doctor’s orders; however, the champagne and cigarettes flow in his hospital room, against his doctor’s orders. Michael Tolan portrays Joe Gideon's cardiologist, Dr. Ballinger. An accomplished actor, Michael Tolan’s film credits include "Fort Worth" (1951), "The Savage" (1952), "Hiawatha" (1952), "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), "Hour of the Gun" (1967), "The Lost Man" (1969), "John and Mary" (1969), "The 300 Year Weekend" (1971), "Talk to Me" (1984) and "Presumed Innocent" (1990).


“It’s showtime, folks!” is a repeated line in the movie. What does it show the viewer?

The line showed how tired Joe is every morning, as the line loses its original enthusiasm. Did you know that this line still has relevance today? Joe Gideon's catchphrase, "It's showtime, folks!" was referenced in the TV series "Better Call Saul" (2015), when Saul Goodman points to the mirror a la Gideon and says, "It's showtime folks!" When he's overheard, he says, "It's from a movie!"


Who is talking to Joe? "Do you believe in love?" Joe Gideon: "I believe in saying, 'I love you.'"

Angelique, "The Angel of Death," asks Joe this question. Joe confesses that he believes in telling others what they want to hear. Angelique is portrayed by Jessica Lange, who has won two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, three Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild, and three Dorian Awards. In 2016, Lange became the twenty-second thespian in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.


What is the name of the director who is jealous of Joe Gideon?

John Lithgow portrays the jealous director, Lucas Sergeant. However, Lithgow the actor does not need to be jealous of anyone. Lithgow has received two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, and four Drama Desk Awards. Lithgow is well known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in "3rd Rock from the Sun" and Arthur Mitchell in "Dexter."


Who is Joe talking to? “If I die, I'm sorry for all the bad things I did to you. And if I live, I'm sorry for all the bad things I'm gonna do to you.”

Although he needs to apologize to all the women in his life, he is apologizing to Audrey and Kate. He knows his one love is work and he puts all else behind it. Richard Dreyfuss was originally cast in the role of Joe Gideon but he left the production during the rehearsal stage, citing a lack of confidence in the production. He later admitted that he made a mistake in passing up the chance to work with Bob Fosse.


Who says this? "Do you suppose Stanley Kubrick ever gets depressed?"

Joe says this as he egotistically compares himself to Kubrick. A wonderful accolade came from the director himself. Upon the film's release in 1979, Stanley Kubrick reportedly described it as the "best film I think I've ever seen."


Who is Joe talking to? Joe Gideon: "Ooh, I don't think they liked it... what do you think?" [not smiling] "I don't know about the others... but I think it's the best work you've ever done - you son of a b****."

Audrey, Joe's ex- wife, says this after a run-through for VIPs of a critical number in the show he's rehearsing. She notes his brilliance but still hates him for ruining her life and forgetting about his weekends with their daughter. Did you know that Columbia Pictures did not originally want Roy Scheider for the role of Joe Gideon? The studio wanted a more critically acclaimed actor for the role, namely Warren Beatty. However, Fosse stuck to his guns and fought for Scheider, eventually securing him for the lead.


Who says this? “The pain is gone. I'm okay. Nothing wrong with me, a rewrite of the show wouldn't cure. A couple of good jokes is what I need.”

Work is Joe's life. And without it, he doesn’t feel alive. Joe says this when his doctor tells him he needs bed rest. Then he collapses in the doctor’s office. According to Shirley MacLaine, in her autobiography, "My Lucky Stars," the idea for this film was hatched when Bob Fosse was hospitalized for a heart attack. MacLaine claims she was the one who gave him the idea to do "a musical about his death," though she said Fosse seemed to not remember this later.


Which of these songs is used in the movie?

All of these songs are used, as well as "Concerto alla rustica" by Antonio Vivaldi and "Perfect Day" by Harry Nilsson. The constant musical performances and background music help convey the non-stop pace at which Joe lives on a daily basis.


What song is performed by Kate and Michelle to cheer up Joe as he waits for the critics to review his movie?

They performed “Everything Old is New Again.” Roy enjoyed the performance, although you could still see the worry on his face. The performance also showed Michelle and Kate’s good relationship and how much they both love Joe. Did you know that Ann Reinking (Kate) was one of Bob Fosse's partners at the time, and was more or less playing herself in the film? Nonetheless, she was required to audition for the role as Gideon's girlfriend, Kate Jagger.


What is the song during the finale performance?

Director Bob Fosse went over-budget before filming the famous "Bye Bye Life" finale. Columbia Pictures refused to give him any more money. At an impasse, Columbia execs privately showcased much of what was already shot for the president of Twentieth Century-Fox. Impressed, he agreed that Fox would finance the remainder of the shoot.


Which musical number stars Roy’s daughter, dressed up as an older teen?

As she tries to walk down the runway in the glamorous but too-tight dress, with a boa around her neck, Michelle doesn’t look like Joe’s little girl, but a grown-up woman. Joe refused to listen to the doctor’s orders and wouldn’t stop smoking and drinking. The song tells him he’ll be sorry that he didn’t live to see his daughter grow up. True to his semi-autobiographical movie, Fosse himself died from a heart attack on September 23, 1987, at George Washington University Hospital, while a revival of "Sweet Charity" was opening at the nearby National Theater.


Why does Paul say this? “Now Sinatra will never record it.”

The song “Take Off with Us" was fine, according to Paul and the other investors, until the song became "Take Off with Us (Airotica)." During that song, the dancers strip and move in an orgy-like dance. Suddenly, the song was no longer family-friendly and Sinatra would never record it.


What were Roy and the janitor doing after Roy escaped from his hospital bed?

When Roy escaped from his hospital bed, he wandered around the hospital and ended up in the basement, singing and smoking with the janitor. But he didn’t dance. According to Roy Scheider, keeping up with trained dancers in the film's final number was the hardest thing he had to do in a film, physically.


When Roy wanders through the hospital and finds himself in the autopsy room, what does he say?

Although Roy talks to the many body parts in the room, when he sees the staff looking at him, he tells them that he'll see them later and exits. According to his biography, by Eric Lax, Paul Newman turned down the role of Joe Gideon. He wasn't comfortable playing a dancer and didn't bother reading the script.


As Roy wanders around the hospital, which of these lines does he say to God?

As Roy wanders around the hospital, the movie repeats the scene that he has been editing for the Stand-Up, especially when it refers to the process of dying. There are five stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. By the time he is found and brought back to his bed, he is closer to acceptance. In the finale performance, he says goodbye to the people in his life.


O’Connor Flood is always on TV and always saying the same thing. What is it?

O’Connor Flood is the consummate entertainer. He introduces celebrities on his show in the exact same way, time and again. O’Connor Flood is portrayed by the one and only Ben Vereen, an actor, singer, and dancer of worldwide fame. On Broadway, Ben Vereen has appeared in "Wicked," "Fosse," "I'm Not Rappaport," "Hair," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Pippin," "Grind," "Jelly's Last Jam," and "A Christmas Carol." His role in "Pippin" garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical.


Who is Joe talking to? Joe Gideon: “I always look for the worst in other people.” “A little of yourself in them?” Joe Gideon: “A little of myself. And generally, I find it.”

Joe is talking to Angelique as he flirts with death. Angelique is portrayed by Jessica Lange, who gets more intimate with Joe as the film ends. She takes off her veil, lets her hair down, and holds Joe’s face, ready to kiss him. Jessica Lange is an amazing actress. She made her professional film debut in "King Kong," for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. She won her second Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for her role as a soap opera star in "Tootsie," and she was also nominated for an Oscar in "Frances," along with many other awards.


How was the film received?

Reviews were mainly positive. For instance, the film scored an 87% "Fresh" (or "good") rating on the review aggregation site, Rotten Tomatoes. As for the box office, it was also a success. On a budget of 12 million dollars, box office sales almost reached 38 million dollars. What's more, in 2001, the critics spoke again. "All That Jazz" was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation.


In which categories did the movie receive Academy Awards?

The film received three Academy Awards and nine nominations, one of which was for Best Picture. The film would be the last musical nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture until Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), and the last live-action musical nominated until Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" (2001).


In which categories did the film receive Academy Award nominations?

The categories included the ones already mentioned, as well as Best Actor (Roy Scheider), Best Writing for a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and Best Music for the Original Song. Did you know that in 2006, the film ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's Greatest Movie Musicals list? It’s a musically powerful and amazingly choreographed movie.


In which category was the movie nominated for a Golden Globe?

Roy Scheider was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Robert Blake, Jack Nicholson, Elliott Gould and George Segal were considered for Schelder's lead role of Joe Gideon. One wonders whether they would have been nominated for Best Actor as well.


What happened when the film was shown at Cannes Film Festival?

The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. The Cannes Film Festival is an annual festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. This invitation-only festival is held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film. Next is the Grand Prix – Grand Prize of the Festival and then the Prix du Jury - Jury Prize.


Which awards did the film win at BAFTA?

"All That Jazz" won four awards in all: Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, and Best Editing. The heart surgery scene, juxtaposed with the investors talking about how they can make money from Joe’s death, is a particularly strong editing effort. If you were wondering, BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.


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