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
Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "Best 25 Movie Musicals of All Time". See more »
Depending on whether you go by the timeline of the 1924 Broadway play, the 1927 silent movie, or whatever year the 1975 musical revival represents this film certainly takes place in the 1920s. Early in the film Mama Morton is heard mentioning going to Big Jim Colosimo's, a famous gangster of the era. Big Jim was murdered in 1920 and couldn't have been alive in the mid 1920s. Also 'bobbed hairstyles' were not a norm in the year 1920. Women would have still been wearing long hair as they had before WW1 in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. 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 is fabulous! Catherine Zeta Jones never looked more beautiful! I was amazed to hear Renee's voice..that girl can really sing! Catherine's voice is also fantastic. She is truly "Old Hollywood." Richard Gere plays Billy Flynn as if the part is made for him. If you like dancing, you're in luck! The choreography is outstanding! You feel as if you are sitting through a Broadway play and there is not a moment when you aren't tuned in to what is happening. The film jumps from one scene to another so quickly that you are enthralled with what is occurring on that screen. John C. Reilly as Roxie's husband and Queen Latifah as Matron Mama Morton give outstanding supporting performances. It also helps that almost every song in this movie is upbeat and catchy and of course, recounts the story plot. There were 8 of us that went to see the movie ranging from age 11 to 80 and we ALL loved it as so did the rest of the audience. When the movie was over, everyone in the theater stood up and applauded! Definitely Oscar material and if the public likes it..it might mean musicals are back!
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