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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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Policeman (Little Walter beating)
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Storyline

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Muddy Waters: You alright? Damn it.
Little Walter: I had no business being that pretty anyway.
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Referenced in The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Smokestack Lightin'
Performed by Eamonn Walker
Written by Howlin' Wolf
Published by Arc Music Corp.
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this movie lets appreciate music that would otherwise be overlooked
16 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The trouble with these kind of movies is that they will never satisfy the purists among us. OK so maybe it glosses over the facts and makes the history all shiny and Hollywood, but I will see how many people will come away from this movie WANTING to find out more about the history of blues.

So what if its not perfect, if you want a perfect history you will go and buy a documentary on the subject. I want to be entertained when I watch a movie not sit there and critique history.

I think all the performances in the movie are convincing and great. I especially loved Beyonce, she just seems to ooze talent, although the on-screen time is shorter compared to Dreamgirls, she is extremely commanding.

As for the covering Etta's song, these are outstanding. I am in love with the songs all over again, and in love with these versions.


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