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

Catherine Zeta Jones was actually a couple months pregnant in this film when she started to show they would sometimes use a body double from the back and then shoot her from waist up so you could not see the slight bump that started to appear in certain scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Roxie and Billy argue over what she is going to wear in court, a few long strands of loose hair appear and disappear from the right side of her head. See more »

Quotes

Nickie: Ever have Morton before? Oh... she's fine. As long as you keep her happy.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.80 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Cell Block Tango
(1975)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Susan Misner, Denise Faye, Deidre Goodwin, Ekaterina Chtchelkanova, and Mya (as Mýa Harrison)
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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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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