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Cadillac Records (2008)

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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Alscher ...
Tim Bellow ...
Man in the Caddy (as Timothy Bellow)
Isabelle Allen
Alan Freed
Keith Richards
Douglas Crosby ...
Policeman (Little Walter beating)
Geneva's Teenage Son
Blonde Girl
Sean Shyboy Davis ...
Toothless Hillbilly Little Walter (as Sean Davis)
Charles Waters
Phil Chess


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,445,559, 7 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Dillon was originally meant to play Leonard Chess, but ultimately could not do this movie. Adrien Brody replaced him. See more »


When Leonard Chess drives away from the studio for the last time, he looks into the rear-view mirror. The Chess sign should be reversed, but it isn't. See more »


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 American Bandstand (1952) See more »


No Particular Place to Go
Performed by Yasiin Bey
Written by Chuck Berry
Published by Arc Music Corp.
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Absolutely inaccurate
28 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

As a piece of entertainment this movie may be OK. But why take REAL names of REAL people (some of them fortunately are still living) to tell a story which, for the most part, is completely inaccurate. IMDb reviewer Davo Sambo has rightly pointed out the most blatant inaccuracies that this film carries. But as I have seen and met most of the artists involved in the plot (and for some of them - like Muddy who went dining at my home in Lyon (France) - I've had the fortune to know them personally) what worries me the most is that their personnality are also very inaccurate. For instance, Muddy who had an incredible charisma is portrayed here essentially as a very tepid character who thinks mostly to chase women. And Howlin' Wolf - a tough man certainly but a very bright and articulate one - is here portrayed as the terrorizing Wolf he PLAYED on stage and never out stage. The true story of the Chess saga (and the Chicago blues) is yet to be told properly

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