Chicago

Chicago

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Director: Rob Marshall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere

Cast: Rob Marshall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere

     
 

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A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C.

Overview

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973, Chicago also features guest appearances by Lucy Liu and Christine Baranski.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The once-moribund movie musical has been rather spectacularly revived in recent years, but nothing has matched the success of Chicago, Rob Marshall’s eye-popping (and Best Picture-winning) adaptation of the classic Broadway musical originally brought to the stage by Bob Fosse. Adapted by Fosse, Fred Ebb, and John Kander from an earlier play (previously filmed twice, once starring Ginger Rogers), Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger), a marginally talented Jazz Era wannabe who becomes a Windy City sensation by murdering the duplicitous lover with whom she’d been maintaining an adulterous relationship. While in the Cook County Jail, Roxie grabs more publicity by hiring flamboyant defense lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), who’s also representing Roxie’s rival, stage star Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Both women expect to be acquitted in their respective murder trials, thereby gleaning enough publicity to further their show-business careers. Director Marshall, a screen newcomer, pulls off the not-inconsiderable feat of making the Fosse stage play cinematic without sacrificing the stylized artificiality of a theatrical presentation. He does this by juxtaposing narrative material -- shot with all due attention paid to accurately replicating period costuming, hairstyles, and settings -- with expressionistic musical numbers performed on smoky, shadowy, sparsely furnished sets. The legendary Kander-Ebb score receives spirited interpretation by the principal players, all of whom do their own singing and dancing. Virtually every number is a delight, beginning with Velma’s signature tune, "All That Jazz," and including the rollicking "When You’re Good to Mama" (sung lustily by Queen Latifah, who’s brilliant as a cheerfully corrupt prison matron), the poignant "Mister Cellophane" (done to a turn by John C. Reilly, playing Roxie’s dimwitted, cuckolded husband), and the showstopping "Cell Block Tango," "We Both Reached for the Gun," and "Razzle Dazzle." Zeta-Jones, known primarily for her dramatic work, sparkles as Velma; her athletic dancing is a joy to behold. Zellweger is appropriately pert and sassy as the amoral Roxie, and she, too, exhibits a hitherto unsuspected flair for Terpsichore. Chicago is a delight from first frame to last. It’s just like the Roaring '20s during which it is set -- loud, flashy, occasionally vulgar, but joyously uninhibited. We guarantee that one viewing won’t be enough; you’ll want to revisit this movie again and again.
All Movie Guide
If Moulin Rouge heralded the triumphant return of the movie musical, Rob Marshall's rhapsodic rendition of Chicago takes that tendency a welcome two-step further. Using the best capabilities of both stage and screen, Marshall mounts a rousing cinematic achievement that may trump Baz Luhrmann's -- he's filmed a conventionally structured musical that needs no tricks, only its own tight mechanics, to reach across generations of moviegoers. A Broadway chestnut written in the 1970s about the 1920s may not seem ripe with 21st century relevance, but an astonishing cast of performers breathes new excitement into the lyrics and music of John Kander and Fred Ebb and the swagger of playwright/choreographer Bob Fosse. And in Chicago, "performer" is no term of backhanded praise. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere sing every impressive note and cut every impressive groove across each dance floor, their heretofore unknown talents prompting bouts of surprised applause throughout the audience. That they deliver award-worthy acting on top of it is a bonus. But Chicago is as much a triumph of editing as any other attribute. The production numbers run steadily throughout, so Marshall deftly weaves expository passages into the score's quieter moments, the lyrics and images offering a perfect symbiosis of storytelling methods. Martin Walsh's editing also gets its own chance at center stage, notably during the thrilling sequence in which Gere's climactic courtroom speech alternates with footage of the actor engaged in a rapid-fire tap dance. That Chicago also functions as a familiar but juicy indictment of the bloodthirsty media and its fickle readership...well, it leaves a reviewer about as breathless as Zeta-Jones after a spirited romp across the set.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
Leggy Zeta-Jones is so hot in the 'All That Jazz' number, she's flammable. And Zellweger defines delicious.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
The real star of this movie is the score, as in the songs translate well to film, and it's really well directed.
Hollywood Reporter
Delivers the sexy razzle-dazzle that everyone, especially movie musical fans, has been hoping for.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
UPC:
0031398164388
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
A1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
2,045

Special Features

Blu-ray Chicago in the spotlight - A retrospective with cast and crew DVD Feature Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Screenwriter Bill Condon Deleted scene: "Class" "From stage to screen" The history of Chicago" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Zeta-Jones Velma Kelly
Renée Zellweger Roxie Hart
Richard Gere Billy Flynn
Queen Latifah Matron Mama Morton
John C. Reilly Amos Hart
Christine Baranski Mary Sunshine
Lucy Liu Go-to-Hell-Kitty
Taye Diggs Bandleader
Colm Feore Assistant District Attorney Martin Harrison
Dominic West Fred Casely
Roman Podhora Sergeant Fogarty
Rob Smith Newspaper photographer
Scott Wise Ezekial Young
Cliff Saunders Stage manager
Robbie Rox Prison guard
Ken Ard Wilbur
Marc Calamia Hunyak's husband
Ekaterina Chtchelkanova Katalin Hunyak
Sean Wayne Doyle Reporter
Steve Behal Prison Clerk
Bruce Beaton Police photographer
Joey Pizzi Bernie
Mya Harrison Mona
Susan Misner Liz
Jayne Eastwood Mrs. Borusewicz
Deidre Goodwin June
Denise Faye Annie
Paul Bogaev Conductor

Technical Credits
Rob Marshall Director,Choreography
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Dion Beebe Cinematographer
Jennifer Berman Executive Producer
Paul Bogaev Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Carmody Co-producer
Bill Condon Screenwriter
James Cresson Producer
Sam Crothers Executive Producer
Maureen Crowe Musical Direction/Supervision
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Ali Farrell Casting
Robert Fryer Producer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Myron Hoffert Asst. Director
John Kander Score Composer
Neil Meron Executive Producer
Michael Minkler Sound/Sound Designer
John Myhre Production Designer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Martin Richards Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Jordan Samuel Makeup
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
Dominick Tavella Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Walsh Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Craig Zadan Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chicago
1. "And All That Jazz" [7:04]
2. Killing Fred Casely [3:55]
3. "Funny Honey" [5:51]
4. "When You're Good To Mama" [5:37]
5. "Cell Block Tango" [8:10]
6. "All I Care About" [8:36]
7. Sweetest Little Jazz Killer [5:49]
8. "We Both Reached For The Gun" [5:47]
9. "Roxie" [6:42]
10. "I Can't Do It Alone" [6:10]
11. Go To Hell Kitty [5:40]
12. "Mister Cellophane" [4:48]
13. Flash In The Pan [3:48]
14. "Razzle Dazzle" [6:30]
15. Velma Takes The Stand [5:52]
16. A Tap Dance [3:06]
17. The Verdict [3:32]
18. "Nowadays" [4:22]
19. "Hot Honey Rag" [4:06]
20. End Credits [7:47]

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Chicago 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
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Chicago's finally out. If you missed it in the theatre, get it on DVD! It is one of the greatest movies EVER, I promise. Once again, the name on everybody's lips is gonna be Roxie, or Velma, or Mr. Billy Flynn. Go get Chicago, and enjoy it like I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see Chicago with my Friend and her Grandmother a few months ago having never really heard any thing about Chicago before...but i fell in love with the characters instantly... the Cell Block Tango scence and the end scence are the best by far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It is my favorite movie EVER. I'll admit, the first time I saw it, I liked the songs, but I thought the plot sucked. But then all week, I had the songs stuck in my head and I had to download the songs online and rent the DVD again. After renting Chicago over 5 times, I bought the Razzle Dazzle Edition. It rocks! I love Catherine Zeta-Jones "that's how I got found out about this movie", but I was surprised by all other fantastic performances. This DVD is awesome! You should buy this version because of all of the Behind the Scenes features. I promise, if you watch it at least twice, you won't be disappointed!!!
lingling-cat More than 1 year ago
This is a new classic ! It's one of new movies made like the old movies with the staged production numbers and the wonderful costumes ! Those people who love the older classical musicals will love this and to top it off - it stars Richard Gere!
Guest More than 1 year ago
totally awesome! the character are wonderful and i love the songs and i think that the 'cell block tango' was one of the best scenes in the whole movie! a family can enjoy this movie, but, about 5 minutes of the movie might not be appropriate for little children. everyone should see this at least once in their life! i reccomend it to everyone and anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicago is a classic! It is a perfect movie for the whole family to enjoy! If you have never seen this movie then get your lazy butt off the couch and drive down to your nerest vidio store now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, astonishing, a great movie of the generation
Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl, Roxie, wants to be a jazz singer so she goes out with this guy who can get her some conections. The guy lied so Roxie got mad and shot him. She goes to jail and meets Selma Kelly who is a famous jazz singer and is also in jail for murder. Billy is the smooth talking lawyer who has never lost a case even if he has to lie to get the case. ''Mama'' is the singing prison guard. This movie has great music and great acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entertainment simply doesn't get any better than this! This is perhaps the best movie of the decade and one that every movie buff and collector ought to have in their collection. Buy it, watch it and enjoy it...over and over again...
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the most fantastic movie ever! Renee, Catherine and Richard really outdid themselves this time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie!!! i've seen it so many times and i NEVER get sick of it!! i own the movie. movie poster and soundtrack!!! this has such amazing acting, dacing and singing! the plot is fun to follow but a little weak. Still this is the best movie in the world so, for is very minor flaws it is easily forgiven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have watched and enjoyed musicals from all decades, this is the definite one to start the new millinium and century. The heat given off by the stars and supporting cast,the thunder of the music,and the tap tap tap of the dancing makes this musical one of the best of all time. It is just what is needed for a world that sometimes seems tired and listless, what a pick-up. Buy the DVD, the CD and move your feet to the beat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The dancing,singing,acting,and storyline. This is my all time favorite movie. I don't think there's one day of me not singing 'Razzle Dazzle' or 'Roxie'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, one of the greatest cinematic acheivments of the last 25 years. So incredibly brilliant. Being a fan of Broadway, I was leary of seeing this because Hollywood can sometimes butcher classics. But this was just phenomenal. Without a doubt, the best movie of the year. It's entertaining on so many different levels. I can't wait for August 19th!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It included everything you could want in an Oscar winning movie- murder, sex, music, and a great performance from Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones. It's all that jazz and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true classic in cinema. Can't wait until the "Razzle Dazzle" edition is released.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicago is by far one of the best DVD's out this year! The Musical numbers are stunning and were worked into the movie amazingly. Rob Marshall is a genius for directing this movie. I reccomend you watch it over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic...Zeta-Jones stole the show, with Rene close behind. The movie flies by, and everyone is so perfectly casted...The singing, dancing, and acting were all impecable..the most enjoyble movie I have ever watched!!Five Stars isn't enough!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sex, Jazz, Booze, Murder, Richard Gere in his underthings: this movie has it all. I don't usually get into musicals and comparing this film to Moulin Rouge is SHAMEFUL! Chicago's sinful and tawdry undertones blend beautifully with it's fun, vibrant musical style. Renee, who typically has such an innocent presence, captured Roxy Hart's sultry demeanor masterfully. Richard Gere's Golden Globe winning performance as Billy Flynn wowed me. I usually find him to be bland, but he razzle- dazzled me. Catherie Zeta's striking dominace of her role as Velma Kelley was my favorite. The cell block tango made me think they ALL had it coming! I've always liked Catherine's roles, and her background in theater really shone through in this one. Make room for Oscar on your trophy shelf, Catherine! And just as a side note, John C. Reilley singing Mr. Cellophane had to be the most moving scene of any scene in any movie of last year. Yes sir, that windy city blew me over. It's just one of those rare films that you just can't get out of your head! I enjoyed it immensely, I'll see it again, I'll take my friends, and I'm looking for a bootleg copy on DVD. Delectably sinful, YOU BET!! But, it is after all, just an art!