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

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5 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Cadillac Records - Csillogó fekete lemezek  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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 »

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Little Walter died at his girlfriend's home, not at Muddy Waters' home, and not in the arms of Muddy's wife. See more »

Quotes

Willie Dixon: [as a narrator] When you lose that cat that gave you the sound that nobody else could, it hurts. Hurts more than losing your woman.
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I Can't Be Satisfied
Performed by Jeffrey Wright, The Riflin' Tones
Written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield)
Published by Watertoons Music
administered by Bug
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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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