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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

  • Release date:December 27, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Kander Best Song 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Myhre Best Art Direction 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Richards Best Picture 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Minkler Best Sound 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bill Condon Best Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Bill Condon Best Adapted Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Condon Best Adapted Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Catherine Zeta-Jones Best Supporting Actress 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Catherine Zeta-Jones Best Supporting Actress 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Catherine Zeta-Jones Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Catherine Zeta-Jones Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Catherine Zeta-Jones Best Supporting Actress 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Gere Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2002 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Richard Gere Best Actor 2002 Nominee
National Board of Review Rob Marshall Best Directorial Debut 2002 Winner
Directors Guild of America Rob Marshall Best Director 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rob Marshall Best Director 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rob Marshall Best Director 2002 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Queen Latifah Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Queen Latifah Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Queen Latifah Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John C. Reilly Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John C. Reilly Best Supporting Actor 2002 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Renée Zellweger Best Actress 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Renée Zellweger Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Renée Zellweger Best Actress 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lee Best Sound 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dominick Tavella Best Sound 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Walsh Best Editing 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Colleen Atwood Best Costume Design 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dion Beebe Best Cinematography 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gordon Sim Best Art Direction 2002 Winner

Cast

Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Velma Kelly
Renée Zellweger
as Roxie Hart
Richard Gere
as Billy Flynn
Queen Latifah
as Matron Mama Morton
John C. Reilly
as Amos Hart
Christine Baranski
as Mary Sunshine
Lucy Liu
as Go-to-Hell-Kitty
Taye Diggs
as Bandleader
Colm Feore
as Assistant District Attorney Martin Harrison
Dominic West
as Fred Casely
Roman Podhora
as Sergeant Fogarty
Rob Smith
as Newspaper photographer
Scott Wise
as Ezekial Young
Cliff Saunders
as Stage manager
Robbie Rox
as Prison guard
Ken Ard
as Wilbur
Marc Calamia
as Hunyak's husband
Ekaterina Chtchelkanova
as Katalin Hunyak
Steve Behal
as Prison Clerk
Bruce Beaton
as Police photographer
Joey Pizzi
as Bernie
Mya Harrison
as Mona
Susan Misner
as Liz
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. Borusewicz
Deidre Goodwin
as June
Denise Faye
as Annie

Crew

Rob Marshall
Director
Robert Fryer
Producer
Martin Richards
Producer
Bill Condon
Screenwriter
Maurine Watkins
Play Author
Dion Beebe
Cinematographer
Fred Fisher
Featured Music
John Kander
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Bogaev
Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Maureen Crowe
Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Walsh
Editor
John Myhre
Production Designer
Andrew M. Stearn
Art Director
Don Carmody
Co-producer
Neil Meron
Executive Producer
Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer
Craig Zadan
Executive Producer
Jennifer Berman
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Meryl Poster
Executive Producer
Sam Crothers
Executive Producer
Gordon Sim
Set Designer
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Dominick Tavella
Sound/Sound Designer
David Lee
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Minkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Myron Hoffert
First Assistant Director
Rob Marshall
Choreography
Laura Rosenthal
Casting
Ali Farrell
Casting
Randy Spendlove
Executive Music Producer
Ric Wake
Executive Music Producer
Bob Fosse
Book (Musical)
Paul Bogaev
Conductor
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