The good news about this film... some phenomenal choreography, and very strong performances by the ensemble... The bad news... woe, do they milk that death scene and the open heart surgery... It seems to go on and on and on for about half the film, until you feel like applauding when he finally goes... any minute, any minute, any minute... beeeeeeeeeeeee...pppp... oh wait... another dance number ! ! ! - - At times, it also has the feel of one of those great Broadway musicals captured on film, but that just doesn't seem to work as well on film (all in all, Broadway dance numbers are rarely true to themselves when captured on screen... atleast if you saw them on stage...) - - In the end, any film featuring Fosse or about his work is well worth seeing... however, unlike the great Fosse musicals, this film does have a tendency to drag at times (in terms of plot) (Yeah, we get the point, too much boozin', womanizing, a clogged artery, and he's about to go...) ... the choreography borders on making up for it though... I say borders because with such great acting, dancing and scripting you'd wonder why both couldn't have fit in together.