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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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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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If you take the ride, you must pay the price. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Cadillac Records - Csillogó fekete lemezek  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Matt Dillon was originally meant to play Leonard Chess but ultimately couldn't do the movie. Adrien Brody replaced him. See more »

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In the film, Leonard Chess opens Chess Studios in 1954 or 1955. It actually opened in 1957. Before that, Chess recorded exclusively at Universal Recording. See more »

Quotes

Muddy Waters: You and me not gonna wake up every morning and get everything we want. Mostly we got to take what come. And half the time, that's gonna be a bunch of bullshit.
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References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »

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Maybellene
Performed by Yasiin Bey
Written by Chuck Berry
Published by Arc Music Corp. & Isalee Music Corp.
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A Nice Film To Dance To (but you wouldn't want to live there)
5 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Cadillac Records' is an admirable attempt to tell the tale of the legendary Chess Records,which did for Blues what Atlantic Records did for R&B/Soul,Jazz,Rock & Roll,etc. The main problem is that Hollywood can always be counted on for totally screwing up any & all forms of social history (and fumbles the ball,big time as usual). The film's writer/director obviously didn't do a whole lot of home work in looking for historical authenticity. It seemed to content that Chess Records only had about a handful of talent recording (Muddy Waters,Howlin' Wolf,Etta James,while totally ignoring Bo Diddley & the stable of other equally talented musicians & song writers). A friend of mine who knows his onions in the field of creative African American/Black music told me of a lot of the glaring omissions that was left out of this film (there were actually two Chess brothers that ran the label),as well as the fact that several Rhythm & Blues,Rock & Roll & even Jazz acts also recorded for Chess Records,back in the day. Adrian Brody,who normally pulls down some world class roles seems content to be the closest thing to a used car salesman (while spouting a nearly non stop,fire cracker string of swearing out of his mouth). Jeffrey Wright has some nice screen time as Muddy Waters. Some of the rest of the cast just seems wasted in this half baked attempt of telling the story of Blues music. This film only played out for a couple of weeks before it ended up as a 2nd string, budget line feature (does that tell you something?). Rated 'R' by the MPAA, this film features wall to wall swearing,lots of sexual goings-on,drug & alcohol abuse & other material that you probably wouldn't want junior to see (at least until he/she's a bit older)


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