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
There are several differences between the film and stage versions that presented challenges in bringing the project to the screen. A significant difference is the portrayal of reporter Mary Sunshine (played in the film by Christine Baranski). In the stage version, Mary Sunshine is played by a very convincing female impersonator who appears to be a large, matronly woman. He sings falsetto, and the audience is not aware that he is a man until the second act, after a line to the effect of "Things are not always what they appear to be!" and someone pulls off the wig and dress, revealing the truth about Mary Sunshine. See more »
In Velma and Roxie's final dance number, Roxie changes her shoes. In the beginning, Roxie's shoes have only an ankle strap, and halfway through the number they suddenly develop a T-strap. See more »
The end credits are written in Broadway lights. See more »
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 »
Chicago is fabulous! Catherine Zeta Jones never looked more beautiful! I was amazed to hear Renee's voice..that girl can really sing! Catherine's voice is also fantastic. She is truly "Old Hollywood." Richard Gere plays Billy Flynn as if the part is made for him. If you like dancing, you're in luck! The choreography is outstanding! You feel as if you are sitting through a Broadway play and there is not a moment when you aren't tuned in to what is happening. The film jumps from one scene to another so quickly that you are enthralled with what is occurring on that screen. John C. Reilly as Roxie's husband and Queen Latifah as Matron Mama Morton give outstanding supporting performances. It also helps that almost every song in this movie is upbeat and catchy and of course, recounts the story plot. There were 8 of us that went to see the movie ranging from age 11 to 80 and we ALL loved it as so did the rest of the audience. When the movie was over, everyone in the theater stood up and applauded! Definitely Oscar material and if the public likes it..it might mean musicals are back!
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