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

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Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cadillac Records - Csillogó fekete lemezek  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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


$8,134,217 (USA) (2 January 2009)

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Leonard Chess' brother, Philip, was his partner in both the night club and Chess Records. However, Philip is never mentioned throughout the film, and only appears in Chess Record scenes. See more »


Etta James and Rudolf Wanderone Jr. are shown meeting in the early 1960s. According to James' autobiography, the two did not meet until 1987. See more »


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Could have been so much better
5 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This could have been a much better film than it was. I agree with others on here about the many inaccuracies. Brody was totally miscast and failed to show the greedy producer who ripped off his acts that Chess really was. I actually thought Beyonce did a good job and she sure can sing but the flirtation with Brody just didn't work and as has been pointed out never happened. Best character was the guy playing Chuck Berry, but he was under used and there should really be a whole film about Mr Berry anyway. I loved the bit where Chuck was arrested for being taking underage girls across the state line and he says 'Are we stopping off at Jerry Lee's house, I hear he married his 13 year old cousin?' So I see this film as a missed opportunity and for those who don't like too much swearing, I suggest you avoid this film as it is just full of it ( in more ways than one )

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