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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, Rovi
Satiric musical about murder, scandal, and the pursuit of fame at any cost, set in the titular city during the 1920s. This edition features the following supplements: commentary by director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; deleted musical number "Class"; behind-the-scenes featurette.
Additional Information
Subjects Criminals -- Drama.
Feature films.
Musical films.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher [United States] : Burbank, Calif. :Miramax Home Entertainment ;2003
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment,
Edition Widescreen version.
Other Titles Chicago.
Contributors Richards, Martin.
Condon, Bill, 1955-
Marshall, Rob.
Zellweger, Renée, 1969-
Zeta-Jones, Catherine, 1969-
Gere, Richard, 1949-
Queen Latifah, 1970-
Reilly, John C., 1965-
Liu, Lucy, 1968-
Beebe, Dion.
Walsh, Martin.
Kander, John.
Ebb, Fred.
Elfman, Danny.
Atwood, Colleen.
Myhre, John.
Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987. Chicago.
Watkins, Maurine. Chicago.
Producer Circle Company.
Miramax Films.
Miramax Home Entertainment (Firm)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)
Participants/Performers Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Dion Beebe ; editor, Martin Walsh ; music, John Kander ; lyrics, Fred Ebb ; original score music, Danny Elfman ; costume designer, Colleen Atwood ; production designer, John Myhre ; choreography, Rob Marshall.
Audience Rated PG-13, for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements.
Language English
Includes English or French language tracks, with optional English or Spanish subtitles.
Notes Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse; based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
Special features: never-before-seen deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes featurette; director & screenwriter feature commentary.
System Details DVD; region 1; NTSC; widescreen presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound.
Awards Academy Awards, 2003: Best Motion Picture of the Year (Marty Richards); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Best Achievement in Editing (Martin Walsh); Best Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood); Best Achievement in Art Direction (John Myhre, Gordon Sim); Best Achievement in Sound (Michael Minkler, DOminic Tavella, David Lee).
Golden Globes, 2003: Best motion Picture-Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by and Actor in a Motion Picture-Musica or Comedy (Richard Gere); Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy (Renée Zellweger).
Description 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0788845845
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