Murderesses Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) (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
While filming, Catherine Zeta-Jones was also posing for her first Elizabeth Arden, Inc. cosmetics campaign. The photo and filming productions were running almost concurrently and, after a day's Arden shoot was completed, she was carted off to rehearsals for this movie. See more »
When Velma Kelly "can't buy that kind of publicity," she pulls out a modern $1 dollar bill, which wasn't used in 1929. See more »
The end credits are written in Broadway lights. See more »
The musical number "Class," featuring Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was deleted from the final version of the film. However, it was recut into the movie for a brief, extremely limited theatrical re-release in the summer of 2003. It then appeared on DVD as a bonus feature, but was NOT intercut there. See more »
CHICAGO (2002) ***1/2 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Dominic West, Lucy Liu. Dazzling adaptation of the Broadway smash hit singing and dancing musical version of `Roxie Hart' about the Roaring 20's notorious media sensation murder incorporating Hart's viewpoint seen in fantasized production numbers. Zeta-Jones and Zellweger are a dream team as the caged heat' providing the extravagant hoofing and exuberant vocals while Gere does the best he can as the slick-haired lawyer tap-dancing his way to a perfect winning record at all costs. Director Rob Marshall employs a no-holds barred approach with its high energy, brilliant production design by John Myhre, crisp editing by Martin Walsh and glossy cinematography by Dion Beebe glimmers brightly on the silver screen. Bill Condon's screenplay adaptation of Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse's classic retains its razor sharp precision and cuttingly comic dialogue. Great fun; murder has never looked so good!
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