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Chicago (2002)



Critic Consensus: A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.

Movie Info

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973, Chicago also features guest appearances by Lucy Liu and Christine Baranski. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Condon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
Miramax Films - Official Site


Renée Zellweger
as Roxie Hart
Richard Gere
as Billy Flynn
Queen Latifah
as Matron `Mama' Morton
John C. Reilly
as Amos Hart
Dominic West
as Fred Casely
Christine Baranski
as Mary Sunshine
Lucy Liu
as Kitty Baxter
Taye Diggs
as Bandleader
Colm Feore
as Martin Harrison
Roman Podhora
as Sergeant Fogarty
Rob Smith
as Newspaper photograph...
as Mona
Cliff Saunders
as Stage manager
Robbie Rox
as Prison guard
Ken Ard
as Wilbur
Marc Calamia
as Hunyak's husband
Sebastian Lacause
as June's Husband
Scott Wise
as Annie's Husband
Mike Haddad
as Mona's Husband
Steve Behal
as Prison Clerk
Joseph Scoren
as Liz's Husband
Bruce Beaton
as Police photographer
Joey Pizzi
as Bernie
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. Borusewicz
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News & Interviews for Chicago

Critic Reviews for Chicago

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (49)

Chicago is sexy, sordid and sensational, the Windy City's biggest hit since the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Full Review… | February 25, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability.

Full Review… | February 12, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

With performers as good as these and the freshness of Bill Condon's screenplay and Marshall's direction, there's really very little wrong with Chicago. What it lacks is something intangible -- heat.

Full Review… | February 12, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

What makes this more than a film of a great stage show is the way that the action spills seamlessly from the stage sets into real life. Magic.

Full Review… | February 25, 2015
Times (UK)

Whatever one's qualms about the material, its execution here is rock solid in ways that keep on impressing, right through to the niftiest end credits sequence in years.

Full Review… | February 25, 2015
Daily Telegraph (UK)

As a reproduction of the stage show, Chicago isn't bad, but it makes no persuasive case for itself as a film.

Full Review… | February 25, 2015
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for Chicago

Might have appreciated it better had it not been for "all that jazz"! I don't like musicals usually, so apparently this form of satire didn't appeal me in the least.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Preferred Broadway show, but good adaptation. Renee was brilliant. Great music.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


The music is already good, and it's a well made, dark and wry movie musical.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Chicago Quotes

Roxie Hart: Forget it. It'll never work.
Velma Kelly: Why not?
Roxie Hart: 'Cause I hate you.
Velma Kelly: There's only one business in the world where that's no problem at all.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (3 years ago)
Velma Kelly: We can make a couple hundred a week. Think about it, Roxie. Our faces back in the papers, our names on the marquee.Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart.
Roxie Hart: Shouldn't it be alphabetical?
Velma Kelly: That could work.
Roxie Hart: A couple hundred? Maybe we could ask for a thousand.
Velma Kelly: We're worth it.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (3 years ago)
Billy Flynn: I don't like to blow my own horn, but believe me if Jesus Christ had lived in Chicago today and if he had five thousand dollars and he'd come to me, lets just say things would have turned out differently.
– Submitted by Olivia S (3 years ago)
Velma Kelly: The spread eagle...
– Submitted by Seng Wee T (3 years ago)

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