Chicago

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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. Derek Armstrong
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.

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. Derek Armstrong
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • UPC: 031398164388
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: A1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 1,276

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
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    Loved the play the movie, score and the acting and choriography

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chicago !

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous

    This movie was amazing. I recommend it to anyone who loves musicals or even if you don't, it's still brilliant. I also recommend the soundtrack!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie & Great "Behind the Scenes" Features!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Brillant!

    This is the one DVD Movie that I would watch over and over and over and over and never get tired of it! If you are having a bad day at the office? Pop in this movie, and you'll be feeling like, you could take on........Well..........The City of Chicago!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago

    I love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST MOVIE IN THE PAST 40 YEARS!!!!!!

    The acting is fantastic! The score all jazzed for the 21st century is fantastic along with the singing and dancing plus the two new suites composed by Danny Elfman. I really can't see anyone else playing Roxie, Velma, Billy, Kitty, Mary Sunshine, Amos or Matron Mama Morton. I Would have never guessed that Richard, Ren`ee, and Catherine could sing like that. It's the 2nd best film I've ever seen!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie, Even If You Don't Like Musicals...

    This movie blew me away. I thought it sounded interesting, but it's when you see it is when you believe it. Or in this case, when you hear it. But anyways, just the way it was written was fantastic and I give a huge two thumbs up to a moive whose songs you'll never forget...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as great as everyone says

    My good friend really hyped up this musical, so I was pretty excited when I rented it and pretty disappointed by the end. I think the actors who were chosen to play the main parts were just drawn out of a hat. They just were not made to play those parts. I'd skip out on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Love This Movie

    A true classic in cinema. Can't wait until the "Razzle Dazzle" edition is released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The worst Best Picture of all time!

    This film is a sorry excuse for the Academy to bestow an Oscar to the first musical to come along in a while. The movie is basically alright, but it is extremely overrated and was pushed across the finish line at the Academy Awards by middle-age women who love films where women are the key players; not to mention a man named Richard Gere. There are flaws to the film's structure that are too predominant to have been awarded. For one thing, all the musical sequences are not an intrical part of the film. They break off from the action of the plot and take us to a new location. That is an unforgivable mistake that makes the viewer feel distanced from the plot and characters. Upon repeated viewing, I understood what people liked about it: the music sequences that I dislike so much. People weren't in it for the plot, they were in it for the music, which is quite good. What the film is is a music video that somehow won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Academy wanted to make up for lost time and bestowed the most coveted trophy in Hollywood to a musical. What a falacy. I fear that it has started a chain reaction of bad Best Pictures that hasn't ended yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago

    this is the most fantastic movie ever! Renee, Catherine and Richard really outdid themselves this time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago

    No one! Chicago is a masterpiece. I gaurentee if you see it once, you'll just keep watching it over and over again! it's definatley #1 on my Christmas list! the actors did a fantasic job singing, and Catherine Zeta-Jones did fantastic with all the dancing she had to do. it was a real acomplishment! there isn't one moment in the day when i'm not singing 'All that Jazz' or 'Roxie' i drive my friends bonkers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    Chicago is the best movie I have seen in a long time.From All That Jazz to Razzle Dazzle it will keep you smiling.Everyday I'm singing the songs and I know all the dances.I drive my parents crazy.You have to be physco to not like that movie.I was also surprised by a lot of people:Renee Zellwegger especially,and Richard Gere.Catherine Zeta Jones is my favorite actress,Im like obsessed with her so Im not gonna go there cause I'll take up the whole page writing about her and how much i LOVE her.Anyway,if you havent seen it,SEE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie in the creation of the world

    Wow, astonishing, a great movie of the generation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago

    this is great! i love the songs and the acting and the whole storyline! this is my second favorite movie and i reccomend it to anyone and everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie

    This is a perfect example of how good an adaptation of a Broadway musical can be. The music was perfect, the acting superb, and the directing excellent. Not to mention the chemistry between the actors. A definate must watch.

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