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Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 January 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Saunders ...
Stage Manager
Mrs. Borusewicz
Police Photographer
Roman Podhora ...
Sergeant Fogarty
Robert Smith ...
Newspaper Photographer (as Rob Smith)
Sean Wayne Doyle ...
Steve Behal ...
Prison Clerk
Robbie Rox ...
Prison Guard


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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In a city where everyone loves a legend, there's only room for one. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicago: The Musical  »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,074,929, 29 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,687,518, 4 September 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kathy Bates, Anjelica Huston, Whoopi Goldberg, Pam Grier, Bette Midler and Rosie O'Donnell were considered for Matron "Mama" Morton. See more »


Flynn is heard on Roxie's radio saying "This all took place on Lake Shore Drive?" Lake Shore Drive wasn't built until 1937 and wasn't even called Lake Shore Drive until 1946. See more »


Roxie: Don't you wanna take my picture?
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, just so there are no doubts: Catherine Zeta-Jones' singing and dancing performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones Renée Zellweger's singing and dancing performed by Renée Zellweger Richard Gere's singing and dancing performed by Richard Gere See more »


Overture/And All That Jazz
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Taye Diggs
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Scintillating! Satirical! Sumptuous!
20 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have come to consider CHICAGO the best and most satisfying movie musical that I have ever seen. And I like movie musicals. The first delight was how well Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and John C Reilly did with these roles-- acting, Singing!!, and Dancing!!! I was surprised, and amazed! In addition, the cheeky satire about America's obsession with the cult of celebrity and the three-ring circus that the media and opportunistic lawyers make of our justice system is razor-sharp and very timely. (It's a little like watching "O.J.: The Musical"!)The creative and brilliant direction by Rob Marshall is entertaining and wonderful. As I think over the films of the last ten years, this is the first one that comes to mind. I love it!! I simply can't watch without singing along! CHICAGO certainly deserved its Academy Award for Best Picture!!

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