Scheider plays Joe Gideon, a director/choreographer, in this musical drama written by Robert Alan Aurthur and Bob Fosse, directed by Fosse. Gideon is a thinly veiled version of Fosse himself in a cynical and fantasy driven vision of his own life, fueled as it was by his many addictions. Co-starring Ann Reinking, Jessica Lange, and Leland Palmer.
That will always be my favorite film. But I never worked harder in my life. I felt I had to prove myself to the dance company. I didn’t want to misrepresent them. . . . I was in relatively good shape. But at the end of the day, I’d return to the Holiday Inn with my Tiger Balm.