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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- Original Release:
- Miramax Lionsgate
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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
2. Killing Fred Casely
3. Funny Honey
4. When You're Good to Mama
5. Cell Block Tango
6. All I Care About
7. Sweetest Little Jazz Killer
8. We Both Reached for the Gun
10. I Can't Do It Alone
11. Go to Hell Kitty
12. Mister Cellophane
13. Flash in the Pan
14. Razzle Dazzle
15. Velma Takes the Stand
16. A Tap Dance
17. The Verdict
19. Hot Honey Rag
20. End Credits
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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!!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
THIS IS THE GREATEST MOVIE IN A LONG TIME. IT IS SO ENTERTAINING.....DANCING AND SINGING IS SUPER. IT DESERVED EVERY AWARD IT WON AND THEN SOME!
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.
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 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!!!
A true classic in cinema. Can't wait until the "Razzle Dazzle" edition is released.
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!
this is the most fantastic movie ever! Renee, Catherine and Richard really outdid themselves this time!
this movie is sooooo overrated. this film did NOT i repeat DID NOT! deserve best picture. the movie came out with such a bang that it completely overwhelmed the oscars just like past films have. against its other nominated films for best picture this film comes in 4th. sure i enjoyed it and it was entertaining but i just hate the fact that the oscars were whiped again by this overrrated film. the oscars just had give it all to chicago because of the loss they gave to moulin rouge last year which by the way was better than this movie
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.
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!
The movie was wonderful, the story line great and the cast outstanding. This is a must see for everyone.
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.
Wow, astonishing, a great movie of the generation
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.