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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 ...
Bruce Beaton ...
Roman Podhora ...
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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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:

£113,386 (UK) (27 December 2002)


$170,684,505 (USA) (29 August 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rob Marshall had previously been hired by the producers to direct Annie (1999); he had not wanted to direct that earlier film, preferring only to do choreography, but was persuaded to do both. That film's success resulted in his getting the job to direct Chicago (2002). See more »


During the scene "I can't do it alone" there is one shot where Velma cartwheels over the chair, and we can see Roxie looking straight at her. But in the very next shot, Roxie is looking down at a paper, and just giving Velma a small glance with one eye. See more »


[at the entrance to the jail cells]
Matron Mama Morton: Hey, you must be that Hart girl.
Roxie: Yes, m'am
Matron Mama Morton: Aren't you the pretty one.
Roxie: Thank you m'am
Matron Mama Morton: Call me mama. Now don't worry 'cause we're gonna take care of you. You'll be staying on E-block. "Murderess Row" we like to call it.
Roxie: Oh... Is that nicer?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are written in Broadway lights. See more »


Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »


Written by Fred Fisher
Published by Sony Music and EMI Music Publishing, ASCAP
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I missed Fosse, Verdon, Reinking, Neuwirth, et.al.
29 December 2003 | by (Northville, MI) – See all my reviews

Although the acting had me intrigued, particularly Zeta Jones, I find the flick pales in comparison to the live shows that (should have) inspired it. Fosse and Verdon are rolling over. At the least, Reinking or Neuwirth should have been consulted re. sets, staging, cinematography, choreography, dance coaching, etc. Certainly, the director should have selected actors, for whom dancing was a core competency. Perhaps Zeta Jones, et.al., studied dance in their youth, but none of the main characters exhibited more than dilettante-level skills. I wonder how many takes the actors needed, just to achieve their mediocre dance performances. The fact that this movie won major awards and substantial public praise merely reveals how little exposure people have nowadays, to the art of the musical. Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, we need you.

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