ChicagoDirector: Rob Marshall
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.
The real star of this movie is the score, as in the songs translate well to film, and it's really well directed.
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Cast & Crew
|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|
|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|
|Marc Calamia||Hunyak's husband|
|Ekaterina Chtchelkanova||Katalin Hunyak|
|Sean Wayne Doyle||Reporter|
|Steve Behal||Prison Clerk|
|Bruce Beaton||Police photographer|
|Jayne Eastwood||Mrs. Borusewicz|
|Colleen Atwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jennifer Berman||Executive Producer|
|Paul Bogaev||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Sam Crothers||Executive Producer|
|Maureen Crowe||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|David Lee||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Danny Elfman||Score Composer|
|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|
|Gordon Sim||Set Decoration/Design|
|Andrew M. Stearn||Art Director|
|Dominick Tavella||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Craig Zadan||Executive Producer|
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]
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Captions and Subtitles
English for the Hearing Impared
From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago
Deleted Musical Number Class
View the Deleted Musical Number Class With Commentary by Director Rob Marshall and Screenwriter Bill Condon: On/Off
Disc #2 -- Chicago
And All That Jazz Extended Performance
When You're Good to Mama Extended Performance
Cell Block Tango Extended Performance
We Both Reached for the Gun Extended Performance
Mister Cellophane Extended Performance
All I Care About Extended Performance
Richard Gere & All I Care About - From Start to Finish
Renée Zellweger & Nowadays - From Start to Finish
Catherine Zeta-Jones & And All That Jazz - From Start to Finish
I Can't Do It Alone Rehearsal
Hot Honey Rag Rehearsal
We Both Reached for the Gun Rehearsal
Cell Block Tango Rehearsal
Chita Rivera's Encore
An Intimate Look at Director Rob Marshall
When Liza Minnelli Became Roxie Hart
Academy Award-Winning Production Designer John Myhre
Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood
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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!
Chicago cannot be explained in words. It is far too complicated a movie to be carfully spelled out in the articulate way words demand. So lets just take a whack at at least describing a small part of it. It was truly, a releif. Movie writers seem to have it in their heads that we wish to THINK at movies. Well, some people wish to think, but for those of us who are forced to think all day, movie's are supposed to spell out every last detail in an entertaining way. So what better way to solve a murder, then by singing the whole thing out!! Chicago was just fun. Nothing more, nothing less. The producers, the writers, the actors, EVERYONE seemed to be in sync in the single fact, that they were here, to entertain. Not to impress, not to puzzle, not even to thrill. They were here for the simple reason of making your day nicer. Of sticking a tune in your head so you sing it until your head explodes. THAT my friends, is the definition of movie. Somewhere along the line, we lost sight of that. Now, Chicago is here to bring us back to it. The actors were stunningly good, the dancing flawless, the singing...god (Richard Geare can SING! And he can sing REALLY WELL! I thought I had fallen asleep, and was dreaming when he started belting out that tune!) the singing should have, to me, been the envy of every single person in this country. Hands down, Chicago was the best movie of the year. All the style and grace of what the movies used to mean (In the days of Audrey, and Bing) with a little pazzazz of the 21st century, Chicago is the movie to see, and the city to be.
Not since Moulin Rouge has there been a cast of people who fit together so well to create a movie that you want to talk about for hours after you've seen it. The acting is good, Catherine Zeta-Jones has never had a better part. The dancing is masterful and the soundtrack is equally as entertaining. Queen Latifah was unbelievable, I thought she was going to bring it down a few stars, but she only added to it.
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.
I never liked the stage show of Chicago , It just didn't glue with me , I Feel it worked alot better on screen and Catherine, Renee and Richard are superb. A Must See!
Finally, a film that deserved the best picture Oscar. ‘Chicago’ had great music, acting (probably Gere’s best yet), editing, dancing, and even the lesser moral characters are the heroes. Zeta-Jones has always been one of my favorites, but here she shines, as does Latifah. My favorite segment is the ‘puppet show’ entitled “We Both Reached for the Gun.” This is truly a must-see and must-buy.
PLEASE !!!!!!!!! Let The DVD Have The Bonus Feature Of Having The Catherine Zeta-Jones & Queen Latifah Performance Of ''I Move On'' From The 'Oscar' Telecast. It Was AWESOME.....Thx. P.S. ....Spread The Word. :~)
Not only was the music great in this movie, the dancing was awesome. I enjoyed this movie alot. I especially liked the seen called ''The cell-block tango''. This is probably the best movie of the year
Chicago was fabulous! The singing and acting was awesome. This is definitely one of my favorite movies. My favorite song was Cell Block Tango.
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.
Oh my gosh!I loved it so much.I go to the movies and I collect DVD's.I have 223!I have to say I'm gunna buy that movie for sure!My mom gave it no stars because she's not a fan of musicals.
THIS MOVIE WAS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING FILMS I EVER SEEN. THE GIRLS ZETA JONES AND RENEE WERE WONDERFUL JUST CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT IT. BUY IT WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
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!
I LOVED this movie so much!! The songs were so great that I bought the soundtrack almost right after I saw it in theaters. It was so fantastic that it's no wonder it won so many Academy Awards!!
This is truly an excellent movie! Extremely entertaining in every way. So many different facets of great artistic talent coming together into one great film.
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.
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.
Very seldom see a movie twice......have seen CHICAGO 5 Times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need I say more. Can't wait for the DVD.
i absolutely loved this musical with excellent drama, and the unique effects of the music and dancing. wow, can't say enough good words about it.
This was one of the most enjoyable movies I have ever seen. The cast was perfect and the songs were something you will enjoy to listen to in your car. It was so good, that I bought the soundtrack. I love the the song ''We both reached for the gun'' the acting in that seen is amazing. This is a must see.