7.0/10
18,281
92 user 82 critic

Cadillac Records (2008)

Trailer
2:18 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Director:

Darnell Martin

Writer:

Darnell Martin
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Alscher ... Mick Jagger (as Joshua Alscher)
Tim Bellow Tim Bellow ... Man in the Caddy (as Timothy Bellow)
Tony Bentley ... Lomax
Tammy Blanchard ... Isabelle Allen
Eric Bogosian ... Alan Freed
Marc Bonan ... Keith Richards
Adrien Brody ... Leonard Chess
Cedric the Entertainer ... Willie Dixon
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Revetta Chess
Douglas Crosby Douglas Crosby ... Policeman (Little Walter beating)
Dexter Darden ... Geneva's Teenage Son
Veronika Dash ... Blonde Girl
Sean Shyboy Davis Sean Shyboy Davis ... Toothless Hillbilly Little Walter (as Sean Davis)
Eshaya Draper ... Charles Waters
Shiloh Fernandez ... Phil Chess
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Follow the beat to its source. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cadillac Records - Csillogó fekete lemezek See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,445,559, 7 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,195,551
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Arranger Riley Hampton, who orchestrated all of Etta James' Chess singles, including "At Last", is not mentioned anywhere in this movie. See more »

Goofs

As Walter quits the band, the view behind Muddy's shoulder shows a door with an intercom panel of 1970s or 1980s vintage. See more »

Quotes

Etta James: Don't be looking at me like I ain't got no draws on.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Man
Performed by Jeffrey Wright
Written by Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
Published by Arc Music Corp.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Huge
5 December 2008 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

While this film lacks an original framework (it's "Ray" and "La Bamba" and "Hot Wax" and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"....), both the subject--a seminal recording label--and the performances make this electrifying entertainment.

I can't speak to the accuracy of its historical facts regarding Leonard Chess' exploitation of some of music's largest figures, but the screenplay zooms along and takes us with it. Jeffrey Wright finally gets a role that hopefully will secure his stature. It's overdue. As Muddy Waters his towering strength both as a character and an actor are very impressive here. As well, the entire supporting cast (and it's a large cast) really rise to the occasion. Columbus Short as Little Walter and Gabrielle Union as Water's wife are equally impressive. And in smaller roles, Eamonn Walker as Howlin' Wolf and Mos Def as Chuck Berry nearly steal the show.

I've never been much of a fan of Adrien Brody, but in the first half of the film, he's quite effective. It's only when Beyoncé Knowles arrives that he stumbles, and who can blame him. Ms. Knowles takes a sensational role and scorches the screen. As the conflicted and troubled Etta James, there's a scene on a livingroom floor in front of a fireplace that should win Ms. Knowles many awards. And we're given a generous helping of sensational James' track very well covered by Ms. Knowles.

When we watch America's taste in music change--both before and after the centerpiece of this story--we're at first exhilarated at the discovery of this "new" form of music, and when it wanes and the lives that were propelled to stardom flag, we feel an enormous sadness. But what we know today--that these individuals became legends--is of great consolation.

I don't care that the structure is straightforward. The recreation of the period and it's attitudes are spot on, and the cinematography by Anastas N. Michos make the film rise above any weakness in the script.

Then, there's the soundtrack....


63 of 93 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 92 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed