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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:
Stage Manager
Mrs. Borusewicz
Police Photographer
Roman Podhora ...
Sergeant Fogarty
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 USA:

$2,074,929, 29 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,687,518, 4 September 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Adapted from a 1975 musical play directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, whose other credits include the films Cabaret (1972), Lenny (1974) and All That Jazz (1979). The stage musical "Chicago" premiered at the 46th Street Theatre (now known as the Richard Rodgers Theatre) in New York on May 12, 1975 and ran for 936 performances. Its opening night cast included Jerry Orbach as Billy Flynn, Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly (Rivera later played Roxie Hart in a 1990s London production and also has a bit part in this film), Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart and Barney Martin as Amos Hart. A 1996 Broadway revival of the musical was even more successful and is still running as of this date (Oct. 2008). See more »


Although Amos gives Flynn "large bill" currency notes (25% larger than the "small bills" in use since 1929) when paying Roxie's retainer, Velma and Roxie clearly use anachronistic small bills in the prison scenes. See more »


[after Velma has testified against Roxie, Billy moves to discredit her]
Bandleader: And now, ladies and gentlemen, a tap dance.
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Crazy Credits

There's no opening credits, save the title "CHICAGO". See more »


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


Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Renée Zellweger
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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~Rob Marshell's Masterpiece!~
23 June 2010 | by 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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