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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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jazz age | fame | murder | jail | 1920s | See All (103) »

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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

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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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Trivia

The Broadway musical production of "Chicago" opened at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre) on June 3, 1975 starring Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera (who had a cameo in the film), and Jerry Orbach in the principal roles. During a vacation, Liza Minnelli played Roxie Hart. There were many replacements during the original run, including Ann Reinking as Roxie Hart. The show ran for 936 performances. The original non-musical play "Chicago" opened at the Music Box Theater on December 30, 1926 and ran for five months. The musical version had even more success as a revival, opening again at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996. It has moved to various other theatres, and as of this writing (May 2008), is still running. See more »

Goofs

Depending on whether you go by the timeline of the 1924 Broadway play, the 1927 silent movie, or whatever year the 1975 musical revival represents this film certainly takes place in the 1920s. Early in the film Mama Morton is heard mentioning going to Big Jim Colosimo's, a famous gangster of the era. Big Jim was murdered in 1920 and couldn't have been alive in the mid 1920s. Also 'bobbed hairstyles' were not a norm in the year 1920. Women would have still been wearing long hair as they had before WW1 in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. See more »

Quotes

Billy Flynn: Miss Kelly, do you know the meaning of perjury?
Velma Kelly: Yes, I do
Billy Flynn: You also know that it's a crime?
Velma Kelly: Yes
Billy Flynn: For example, if you knew this diary was a fake, I'd hate to see you rot away in prison especially since you just won your freedom...
Velma Kelly: Look, all I know is what I was told!
Billy Flynn: Oh, so you didn't find this diary in Roxie's cell?
Velma Kelly: No. Mama - Miss Morton gave it to me. She said someone sent it to her
Billy Flynn: Someone... did she have any idea who this mysterious benefactor could be?
Velma Kelly: [Irritated] No, she didn't know!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Razzle Dazzle
(1975)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Richard Gere
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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