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Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 January 2003 (USA)
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Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

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Mrs. Borusewicz
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Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Written by Debpp322

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With the right song and dance, you can get away with murder. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Musical

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicago: The Musical  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,074,929, 29 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,687,518, 4 September 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,776,732
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Trivia

Rob Marshall had previously been hired by the producers to direct The Wonderful World of Disney: Annie (1999); he had not wanted to direct that earlier film, preferring only to do choreography, but was persuaded to do both. That film's success resulted in his getting the job to direct Chicago (2002). See more »

Goofs

Assistant District Attorney Harrison is referred to a number of times throughout the film. As charges of murder fall under State jurisdiction instead of Federal, "District Attorney" is inappropriate - rather, it should be "State's Attorney". See more »

Quotes

[practicing for her interview]
Roxie: [Southern accent] I was born on a beautiful southern convent.
Matron Mama Morton: What?
Roxie: [Normal voice] Oh, holy shit! Oh, I'm never gonna get this straight.
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Crazy Credits

The title "CHICAGO" appears as a "C" in the middle of a zoom of Roxie's eye, then the rest of the letters light up around it. See more »

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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowadays
(1975)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Renée Zellweger
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Great fun, simply a very entertaining movie.
19 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Funny thing about watching a movie like "Chicago", which won the award for Best Picture last year. I eagerly awaited the DVD, and when I first sat down to watch it, I didn't finish it. I guess I just wasn't in the mood. I began to wonder what all the hoopla was about. Now, a couple of weeks later, I watched it from the beginning and now I "get" it. I must have been in a different mood, because this time everything "clicked" for me, it was great fun, simply a very entertaining movie. Now I'm glad I own the DVD, aside from my desire to have as many Oscar winners as I can. The whole story is a parody of fame, crime, and use of a slick lawyer to fool a jury. I will enjoy watching it again and again.

My favorite scene was where Gere's lawyer was puppetteer to Zellweger's Roxie, the acting, the singing, the timing were all just perfect. It has been well-publicized that Zellweger neither sang nor danced professionally before "Chicago", and I found her more than adequate for the role of Roxie. In fact, I quite enjoy her singing voice. Yet, Catherine Z-J has the more powerful, trained voice, having started out on stage, and it is apparent when they are together that Z-J is the more seasoned performer. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well Gere handled his singing duties. Some have complained about his somewhat "nasal" singing voice, but to me it fit his character well. A rich, operatic baritone would have been out of character.

I viewed the DVD with the DTS track selected and it delivers with a fine surround sound. Plus, the picture is very sharp, in all a good DVD to own for fans of musical comedies.


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