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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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The one movie that has it all. 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:

£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?


When the film rights were originally bought by producer Martin Richards in the 1970s, Bob Fosse was to be involved with the film project, and Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra were announced as the stars; but Fosse's death in 1987 ended that attempt at a film version. 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: But look at that soul. I tell ya that hole is a whole lot greater than the sum of his parts. And if you knew him like me. I know you'd agree.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, and Robert Fryer See more »


Referenced in Biography: Richard Gere (2004) See more »


Tap Dance
Written by Perry Cavari
Performed by Perry Cavari
[Danced on-screen by Richard Gere]
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User Reviews

~Rob Marshell's Masterpiece!~
23 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Chicago with my sister yesterday and we were hoping that he movie as going to be fun. We were fulfilled to the fullest. The movie Lavishly well done, energetic and fun to listen to, Chicago is easily on the top 10 best musicals ever. The music in the movie, the rhythm just utterly spellbinding, that's how incredible Chicago is. The movie mostly benefits from it extremely talented cast. Catherine Zeta-Jones shines in Chicago and gives the performance of her lifetime. She well-deserved her Oscar. John C. Rielly, Renee Zellwegger and Queen Latifa deserved their Oscar Nominations.

The cinematography, sound, art directions, and especially the costume design they were all expertly done. I resisting the urge to dance and tap my shoe. What an amazing production it took to create this film. Everyone deserved their Oscar Wins or nominations whomever took part in the production. 1920s Chicago comes alive in breathtaking detail. Everyone whom likes musicals or music should definitely have a listen and watch Chicago.

Rob Marshell truly out did himself in this masterpiece. 10/10

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