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Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 January 2003 (USA)
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Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director:

Rob Marshall

Writers:

Bill Condon (screenplay), Bob Fosse (book) | 2 more credits »
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 51 wins & 128 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taye Diggs ... Bandleader
Cliff Saunders ... Stage Manager
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Velma Kelly
Renée Zellweger ... Roxie Hart
Dominic West ... Fred Casely
Jayne Eastwood ... Mrs. Borusewicz
Bruce Beaton ... Police Photographer
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... Sergeant Fogarty
John C. Reilly ... Amos Hart
Colm Feore ... Harrison
Rob Smith Rob Smith ... Newspaper Photographer
Sean Wayne Doyle Sean Wayne Doyle ... Reporter
Steve Behal Steve Behal ... Prison Clerk
Robbie Rox Robbie Rox ... Prison Guard
Chita Rivera ... 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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If You Can't Be Famous, Be Infamous. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago: The Musical See more »

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (mock newsreel)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Jackson at one point was considered for the role of Billy Flynn as he was Rob Marshall's original choice for the role, but Harvey Weinstein objected to the idea of Jackson playing the role as he felt more attention would be paid to him rather than that of Catherine Zeta-Jones & Renee Zellweger. See more »

Goofs

Although Amos gives Flynn "large bill" currency notes (25% larger than the "small bills" in use since 1929) when paying Roxie's retainer, Velma and Roxie clearly use anachronistic small bills in the prison scenes. See more »

Quotes

Billy Flynn: I don't want ya to give a damn when people...
Amos: When people what?
Billy Flynn: Laugh.
Amos: Laugh? Why would they laugh?
Billy Flynn: 'Cause they can count. Can you count?
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, just so there are no doubts: Catherine Zeta-Jones' singing and dancing performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones Renée Zellweger's singing and dancing performed by Renée Zellweger Richard Gere's singing and dancing performed by Richard Gere See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Les misérables (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Roxie's Suite
(uncredited)
Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman
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All That Jazz (& pizazz)
30 December 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

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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