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Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 January 2003 (USA)
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

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Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Written by Debpp322

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Comedy | Crime | Musical

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Chicago: The Musical  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,386 (UK) (27 December 2002)

Gross:

$170,684,505 (USA) (29 August 2003)
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Catherine Zeta-Jones added Velma's pose for the photographers in the Cell Block Tango. See more »

Goofs

During the "I Can't Do It Alone" number, when Velma kneels on the table in front of Roxie, her stocking develops a run under her knee. The run disappears and reappears through the rest of the song. See more »

Quotes

Velma Kelly: I just can't take it anymore. You can't go anywhere without hearing about that dumb tomato!
[Mama sits up with her hair dyed blonde like Roxie's]
Velma Kelly: Oh no, Mama, not you, too.
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The end credits are written in Broadway lights. See more »

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Referenced in Degrassi: The Next Generation: Close to Me (2009) See more »

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Exit Music
(1975)
Music by John Kander
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Didn't you know? All men are evil. Women have every right to kill them...and like it.
9 June 2004 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

As an adaptation of a broadway musical, Chicago definitely delivers. As a movie, all it's really about is a popularity contest between the lead characters in the film. The binding factor between these characters is that they share a certain joy in killing and/or ruining men. Because, you know, men are the scourge of the earth and should justifiably be destroyed by any woman who feels the desire to do so.

Essentially, the movie's theme, plot and purpose consist of little more than glamourized BS.

This is a movie for man-hating feminists who are simple enough to delight in the fantasy of not only killing men and getting away with it, but gaining popularity for it in the process. Fans of broadway musicals may enjoy it as well, as its style emulates a stage performance feel very well, but the movie's themes are still so ridiculous that even broadway lovers may be turned off by it.

The strongest good aspect of Chicago is the quality of the acting. Pretty much everyone on the cast delivers good, strong performances. The adapted screenplay is well done, despite the overall crappiness of the story. The music in Chicago is of typical broadway style and doesn't really offer anything special.

Overall, Chicago is a well-produced pile of steaming dung that has no real merit as a story. Honestly, I've taken dumps that are both more interesting and more meaningful than Chicago. It's movies like this that completely eliminate any respect I once had for the Academy Awards. I want my 2 hours back that this film has robbed from my life.

My voted IMDb score: 3 out of 10


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