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Cadillac Records (2008)

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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Isabelle Allen
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Douglas Crosby ...
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Geneva's Teenage Son
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Blonde Girl
Sean Shyboy Davis ...
Toothless Hillbilly Little Walter (as Sean Davis)
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In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Written by Sony Pictures

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Follow the beat to its source. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Cadillac Records - Csillogó fekete lemezek  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,445,559 (USA) (5 December 2008)

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$8,134,217 (USA) (2 January 2009)
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Arranger Riley Hampton, who orchestrated all of Etta's Chess hits, including "At Last," is not mentioned anywhere in the film. See more »

Goofs

The Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA" (1963) and the Rolling Stones' first visit to the USA (1964) appear before Elvis Presley's early performances and his entry into the army (1956-1958). See more »

Quotes

Muddy Waters: You alright? Damn it.
Little Walter: I had no business being that pretty anyway.
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My Babe
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Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Elvis Presley
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if you love and know about the blues, stay away
8 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saying Leonard Chess discovered Etta James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf is like saying George Washington discovered America. They all recorded in studios before they recorded at Chess. According to this movie, Muddy and Willie don't fly to England until 1967. It was 1958; ask Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page among others. Not only does this movie get a lot wrong by misconstruing the facts, it leaves out a couple the bigger players like Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy. If you want to hear Etta at her best, listen to the live version of "Baby, What You Want Me To Do". Beyonce couldn't touch that. Spike Lee could do this movie with the same actors (except Beyonce, please use Sharon Jones) and win a Grammy.

The real story of what these people went through doesn't need to be dramatized or exaggerated, it's a great story as is. Read some books.


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