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Cadillac Records (2008)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  5 December 2008 (USA)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.



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


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 »

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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Several guitars in the studio are much later models than would have been available at the time. A Gibson ES-335, introduced in 1958, is clearly visible in one scene set in 1955. A Gibson ES-175 in the same scene (and some set earlier) has humbucking pickups, which were introduced in 1957. See more »


Muddy Waters: You alright? Damn it.
Little Walter: I had no business being that pretty anyway.
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References New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »


At Last
Performed by Beyoncé Knowles (as Beyoncé)
Written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
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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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