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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bandleader
... Stage Manager
... Velma Kelly
... Roxie Hart
... Fred Casely
... Mrs. Borusewicz
... Police Photographer
Roman Podhora ... Sergeant Fogarty
... Amos Hart
... Harrison
Rob Smith ... Newspaper Photographer
Sean Wayne Doyle ... Reporter
Steve Behal ... Prison Clerk
Robbie Rox ... Prison Guard
... Nickie
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Storyline

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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In a city where everyone loves a legend, there's only room for one. 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

Miramax became involved in a new attempt to film the musical in 1994, and Larry Gelbart was brought in to work on a script, eventually turning out seven drafts while directors Milos Forman, Herbert Ross and Baz Luhrmann turned down the project. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Roxie: You were mentioned in the paper today, in the back with the obituaries. 'Velma Kelly's trial has been post-poned indefinitely.' Seven words.
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Crazy Credits

There's no opening credits, save the title "CHICAGO". See more »

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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Moulin Rouge (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

We Both Reached For The Gun
(1975)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, Christine Baranski, Cleve Asbury, Rick Negron, and Shaun Amyot
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Scintillating! Satirical! Sumptuous!
20 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have come to consider CHICAGO the best and most satisfying movie musical that I have ever seen. And I like movie musicals. The first delight was how well Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and John C Reilly did with these roles-- acting, Singing!!, and Dancing!!! I was surprised, and amazed! In addition, the cheeky satire about America's obsession with the cult of celebrity and the three-ring circus that the media and opportunistic lawyers make of our justice system is razor-sharp and very timely. (It's a little like watching "O.J.: The Musical"!)The creative and brilliant direction by Rob Marshall is entertaining and wonderful. As I think over the films of the last ten years, this is the first one that comes to mind. I love it!! I simply can't watch without singing along! CHICAGO certainly deserved its Academy Award for Best Picture!!


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