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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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Tim Bellow ...
Man in the Caddy (as Timothy Bellow)
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Policeman (Little Walter beating)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cadillac Records - Csillogó fekete lemezek  »

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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

Billy "Roquel" Davis produced Etta James' records for Chess, not the Chess brothers. See more »

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In the film, Leonard Chess dies, then Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon go to Europe to perform in 1967. Leonard Chess died October 16, 1969. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Leonard Chess: That's a record!
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Soundtracks

Forty Days and Forty Nights
Performed by Jeffrey Wright
Written by Bernard Roth
Published by Arc Music Corp.
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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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