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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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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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It's Just A Noisy Hall Where There's A Nightly Brawl...and All That Jazz See more »

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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

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alicia Silverstone auditioned to play Roxie. See more »

Goofs

At 1:28, Velma and Momma are listening to the trial on a radio. The tubes are visible, glowing white. Real tubes of that era glow with a soft orange light. If they were glowing white, they would last about an hour, if that. See more »

Quotes

Billy Flynn: Objection!
Judge: Sustained.
Assistant District Attorney Martin Harrison: Your Honor, I haven't even asked a question yet.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Raisin' the Roof
(1929)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Published by Aldi Music Company 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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