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Based on the broadway musical, two women convicted of murder in the 1920's become celebrities by manipulating the media.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 40220941
UPC 786936219197
UPC 14 00786936219197
Format DVD
Release Date 1/12/2007
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This Hollywood adaptation of the classic Broadway musical sparkles with glamour and reverberates with the energy of good, old-fashioned song and dance. As the film leaps into its first riveting act, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), one half of the famous number she performs with her sister, arrives at the night club late, disheveled, and with blood on her hands. Nonetheless, she goes onstage unhindered and wows the crowd with her shimmying rendition of "All That Jazz." Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) a young blond who dreams of someday being famous like Velma, watches from the audience with eyes full of envy. Later, as the cops pick up Velma for the murder of her sister, sending her fame to all-time heights as she becomes a tabloid sensation, Roxie also commits a crime of passion--shooting a lover who falsely promised to secure her cabaret debut. The girls wind up together in jail, where Mama Morton (Queen Latifah), a compassionate guard, is their only hope of redemption; and Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) is the lawyer who can get them out. There, through wonderfully familiar songs like "Razzle Dazzle," "Cell-Block Tango," and "Cellophane Man" Roxie and Velma tell their story of competing for bad-girl celebrity.^Director Rob Marshall presents a loveable CHICAGO that shares all the grit and grime of the Bob Fosse Broadway original with phenomenal performances by this grouping of Hollywood stars. The dizzying camerawork and dazzling sets make an easy transition from stage to film.
Los Angeles Times "...It's Zeta-Jones who keeps you watching from start to finish....She refuses to let you go....If musicals are dreams, she is their greatest dreamer..." 12/27/2002 p.C8
New York Times "...It's the raw expenditure of energy and the canniness of the staging that should pull audiences in and keep them rooted..." 12/27/2002 p.E1
USA Today "...CHICAGO shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies....It's part of the basic Zeta-Jones bio that she can really sing, and, wow, can she..." 12/27/2002 p.7D
Rolling Stone "...Zellweger wins our hearts. That's what makes her dangerous. Just like the movie....Dynamite..." 01/23/2003 p.76
Film Comment "...Zeta-Jones, all legs and growls, has found her calling card..." 01/01/2003 p.73
Box Office "...Fresh and daring....Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly are the surprise standouts..." 03/01/2003 p.59
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...[The actors] deliver sizzling performances....This tawdry, hard-as-nails carnival of ghouls generates plenty of fireworks..." 02/01/2003 p.62
Sight and Sound "...[Jones] makes nightclub singer Velma a droll fishnet virtuoso..." 02/01/2003 p.41-2
Rob Marshall
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Renée Zellweger
Cast & Crew
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Actor
Colm Feore - Actor
John C. Reilly - Actor
Lucy Liu - Actor
Queen Latifah - Actor
Renée Zellweger - Actor
Renee Zelwegger - Actor
Richard Gere - Actor
Taye Diggs - Actor
Maurine Dallas Watkins - Based On Play By
"Chicago" - Based On The Musical Play
Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb - Book Of The Musical Play By
Laura Rosenthal & Ali Farrell - Casting By
Rob Marshall - Choreographed By
Dion Beebe - Cinematographer
Don Carmody - Co-Producer
Coleen Atwood - Costume Designer
Colleen Atwood - Costume Designer
Bob Fosse - Directed And Choreographed For The Stage By
Rob Marshall - Directed By
Rob Marshall - Director
Dion Beebe - Director of Photography
Martin Walsh - Edited By
Martin Walsh - Editor
Ric Wake, Randy Spendlove - Executive Music Producers
Jennifer Berman - Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein, Meryl Poster, Julie Goldstein, Jennifer Berman, Bob Weinstein, Sam Crothers - Executive Producers
Craig Zadan, Neil Meron - Executive Producers
Fred Ebb - Lyrics By
John Kander - Music By
Paul Bogaev - Music Supervised And Conducted By
Maureen Crowe - Music Supervisor
John Kander - Musical Score
Danny Elfman - Musical Score
Danny Elfman - Original Score Music By
Martin Richards - Produced By
Martin Richards - Producer
John Myhre - Production Designer
Bill Condon - Screenplay By
Bill Condon - Writer
Fred Ebb - Writer
Bob Fosse - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 3070003
UPC 00786936219197
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Golden Globe (2003) Richard Gere, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Renee Zelwegger, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Oscar (2003) John Myhre (art director), Gordon Sim (set decorator), Winner, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Colleen Atwood, Winner, Best Achievement in Costume Design,Martin Walsh , Winner, Best Achievement in Editing,Michael Minkler, Dominic Tavella, David Lee (III), Winner, Best Achievement in Sound,Marty Richards (II), Winner, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Catherine Zeta-Jones, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild (2003) Renee Zellweger, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,Catherine Zeta-Jones, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role,Christine Baranski, Ekaterina Chtchelkanova, Taye Diggs, Denise Faye (I), Colm Feore, Richard Gere, Deirdre Goodwin, Mya (I), Lucy Liu, Queen Latifah, Susan Misner, John C. Reilly, Dominic West, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Winner, Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This story, lightweight but cheerfully lurid, fueled Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb's original stage production of Chicago, which opened in 1975 and has been playing somewhere or other ever after--since 1997 again on Broadway. Fosse, who grew up in Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s, lived in a city where the daily papers roared with the kinds of headlines the movie loves. Killers were romanticized or vilified, cops and lawyers and reporters lived in each other's pockets, and newspapers read like pulp fiction. There's an inspired scene of ventriloquism and puppetry at a press conference, with all of the characters dangling from strings. For Fosse, the Chicago of Roxie Hart supplied the perfect peg to hang his famous hat.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Who knew the Z in Zellweger and Zeta-Jones stood for zowie? They pour their hearts into the John Kander and Fred Ebb score (the team's best after Cabaret) and dance with flair. Did they have help in the editing? Probably. Who cares? The usually laid-back Gere really turns it on. Wait till you see him tap-dance. Leggy Zeta-Jones is so hot in the "All That Jazz" number, she's flammable. And Zellweger defines delicious. Even when Roxie abuses her doormat husband, Amos (John C. Reilly stops the show with "Mr. Cellophane"), Zellweger wins our hearts. That's what makes her dangerous. Just like the movie. Depraved? I'd call it dynamite.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The movie represents good, solid entertainment. It's not nearly as rousing as the Broadway revival (then again, it's rare that the cinematic version of a musical comes close to the stage incarnation), but, for those unable or unwilling to see a live production, it represents a sparkling replacement. The film strikes a nice balance between the lavishly overproduced likes of Baz Lurhmann's Moulin Rouge and the less openly flamboyant movies from the '50s. The style, by intention, echoes that of the late, great choreographer Fosse.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Desson Howe, Washington Post Not since the 1972 Cabaret has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.
Kim Linekin, EYE Weekly More fun than a high kick to the head...
Manohla Dargis, L.A. Times's Zeta-Jones who keeps you watching from start to finish.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle The movie is a total blast...

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