Based on aspects of director/choreographer Bob Fosse's own life, Joe Gideon is the ultimate work (and pleasure)-aholic, as he knocks back a daily dose of amphetamines to juggle a new Broadway production while editing his new movie. Without chain-smoking cigarettes and downing 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. His girlfriend Katie Jagger, his ex-wife Audrey Paris, and daughter Michelle try to pull him back from the brink, but it is too late for his exhausted body and stress-ravaged heart. In his imagination, he flirts with an white-clad angel of death named Angelique whose intimations of mortality lead him to look back at his life as he heads for a near-inevitable coronary.
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Originally cast as Joe Gideon, Richard Dreyfuss dropped out 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. Read More