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Chicago (2002 film) - Wikipedia Chicago film redirects here Chicagof Special Edition For the earlier silent version see Chicago 1927 film Chicago is a 2002 American musical crime comedydrama film based on the stagemusical of the same name exploring the themes of celebrity scandal and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age 3 The film stars Catherine ZetaJones Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere Chicago centers on Velma Kelly ZetaJones and Roxie Hart Zellweger two murderesses who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago Velma a vaudevillian and Roxie a housewife fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall and adapted by screenwriter Bill Condon with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb Chicago won six Academy Awards in 2003 including Best Picture The film was critically lauded and was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver in 1968 Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Musical numbers 4 Production and development 5 Release 5 1 Critical response 5 2 Box office 5 3 Legacy 5 4 Home media 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links In 1924 Roxie Hart sees star Velma Kelly perform All That Jazz at a Chicago theater Wanting stardom for herself she begins an affair with Fred Casely who claims to know the manager After the show Velma is arrested for killing her husband Charlie and sister Veronica who were in bed together A month later Casely admits to Roxie that he has no showbiz connections and just wanted her body Enraged she shoots him dead She convinces her husband Amos to take the blame telling him she killed a burglar in selfdefense As Amos confesses to the detective Roxie fantasizes that she is singing a song devoted to her husband Funny Honey However when the detective brings up evidence that Roxie and Casely were having an affair Amos recants Roxie furiously admits what really happened and is arrested Ambitious District Attorney Harrison announces he will seek the death penalty At Cook County Jail Roxie is sent to Murderess Row under the care of the corrupt matron Mama Morton When Youre Good to Mama Roxie meets her idol Velma but her friendship is rudely rebuffed She learns the backstories of the other women there including Velma Kelly Cell Block Tango On Mortons advice Roxie engages Velmas lawyer the brilliant Billy Flynn All I Care About Flynn and Roxie manipulate the press reinventing Roxies identity as an originally virtuous woman turned bad by the fast life of the city she claims she had the affair with Casely because Amos was always working but repented and dumped him for Amos and Casely jealously attacked her We Both Reached for the Gun The press believe the story praised by the public as a tragic heroine Roxie becomes an overnight sensation Roxie Velma unhappy at losing the publics attention tries to convince Roxie to join her act replacing the sister that she murdered I Cant Do It Alone but Roxie now the more popular of the two rivals snubs her just as Velma originally did Meanwhile Kitty Baxter a wealthy heiress is arrested for murdering her husband and his two lovers and the press and Flynn pay more attention to her To Velmas surprise Roxie quickly steals back the fame by claiming to be pregnant Amos is ignored by the press Mister Cellophane and Flynn to create more sympathy for Roxie convinces him that the child is Caselys and that he should divorce Roxie in the middle of her predicament Roxie overconfidently fires Flynn believing she can now win on her own However when Katalin Helinszki a Hungarian woman from Murderess Row is hanged Roxie realizes the gravity of the situation and rehires Flynn Roxies trial begins and Billy turns it into a media spectacle Razzle Dazzle with the help of the sensationalist newspaper reporters and radio personality Mary Sunshine Billy discredits witnesses manipulates evidence and even stages a public reconciliation between Amos and Roxie when she says the child is his The trial seems to be going Roxies way until Velma appears with Roxies diary she reads incriminating entries in exchange for amnesty in her own case Billy discredits the diary implying that Harrison was the one who planted the evidence A Tap Dance Roxie is acquitted but her fame is eclipsed moments later when another woman who had also shot her own husband shoots her lawyer just outside the courthouse Flynn tells her to accept it and admits that he tampered with her diary himself in order to incriminate the district attorney and also free two clients at once Amos remains loyal and excited to be a father but Roxie cruelly rejects him revealing that she is not pregnant and he finally leaves her Roxie does become a vaudeville performer but is very unsuccessful Nowadays Velma is just as unsuccessful and again approaches Roxie to suggest performing together a double act consisting of two murderers Roxie initially refuses but later accepts when Velma points out that they can perform together despite their resentment for each other The two stage a spectacular performance that earns them the love of the audience and the press Nowadays Hot Honey Rag The film concludes with Roxie and Velma receiving a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience and proclaiming that We couldnt have done it without you Renée Zellweger as Roxanne Roxie Hart a housewife who aspires to be a vaudevillian and is arrested for the murder of her deceitful lover Catherine ZetaJones as Velma Kelly Cicero a showgirl who is arrested for the murders of her husband Charlie and her sister Veronica Richard Gere as Billy Flynn a duplicitous smoothtalking lawyer who turns his clients into celebrities to gain public support for them Queen Latifah as Matron Mama Morton the corrupt but nurturing matron of the Cook County Jail John C Reilly as Amos Hart Roxies naive simpleminded but devoted husband Christine Baranski as Mary Sunshine a sensationalist reporter Taye Diggs as The Bandleader a shadowy mystical master of ceremonies who introduces each song Colm Feore as Harrison the prosecutor in both Roxie and Velmas court cases Lucy Liu as Kitty Baxter a millionaire heiress who briefly outshines Velma and Roxie when she kills her husband and his two mistresses Dominic West as Fred Casely Roxies deceitful lover and murder victim Mýa as Mona Lipschitz a prisoner on Murderess Row Jayne Eastwood as Mrs Borusewicz the Harts neighbor from across the hall Chita Rivera as Nicky a prostitute Susan Misner as Liz Pop a prisoner on Murderess Row Denise Faye as Annie Six a prisoner on Murderess Row Deidre Goodwin as June Squish a prisoner on Murderess Row Ekaterina Chtchelkanova as the Hunyak Katalin HelinszkiUh Uh a Hungarian prisoner on Murderess Row who does not speak English except for two words not guilty Conrad Dunn as Doctor Musical numbersedit Main article Chicago Music from the Miramax Motion Picture Overture All That Jazz – Velma Company Funny Honey – Roxie When Youre Good to Mama – Mama Cell Block Tango – Velma Cell Block Girls All I Care About – Billy Chorus Girls We Both Reached for the Gun – Billy Roxie Mary Reporters Roxie – Roxie Chorus Boys I Cant Do It Alone – Velma Mister Cellophane – Amos Razzle Dazzle – Billy Company A Tap Dance Billy Class – Velma and Mama cut from film included in DVD and 2005 broadcast premiere on NBC Nowadays – Roxie Nowadays Hot Honey Rag – Roxie Velma I Move On – Roxie and Velma over the end credits All That Jazz reprise – Velma Company Production and developmentedit The film is based on the 1975 Broadway musical which ran for 936 performances but was not well received by audiences primarily due to the shows cynical tone A film version of Chicago was to have been the next project for Bob Fosse4 who had directed and choreographed the original 1975 Broadway production and had won an Oscar for his direction of the film version of Cabaret 1972 Although he died before realizing his version Fosses distinctive jazz choreography style is evident throughout the 2002 film and he is thanked in the credits The minimalist 1996 revival of the musical proved far more successful having played more than 7800 performances as of August 2015 holding records for longestrunning musical revival longestrunning American musical on Broadway and third longestrunning show in Broadway history Its runaway success sparked a greater appreciation of the 1975 original production and renewed stalled interest in a longanticipated film adaptation which incorporates the influences of both productions 5 The original productions musical numbers were staged as vaudeville acts the film respects this but presents them as cutaway scenes in the mind of the Roxie character while scenes in real life are filmed with a hardedged grittiness This construct is the reason given by director Marshall why Class performed by Velma & Mama was cut from the film 6 The musical itself was based on a 1926 Broadway play by Maurine Watkins about two reallife Jazzera murderers Beulah Annan Roxie Hart and Belva Gaertner Velma Kelly The George Abbottdirected production starring Francine Larrimore and Juliette Crosby ran for 172 performances at the Music Box Theatre and within a year was adapted to a film in which Gaertner herself had a cameo Chicago was produced by American companies Miramax Films and The Producers Circle in association with the German company Kallis Productions Chicago was filmed in Toronto Ontario Canada The courthouse scene was shot in Osgoode Hall Other scenes were filmed at Queens Park former Gooderham and Worts Distillery Casa Loma the Elgin Theatre Union Station the Canada Life Building the Danforth Music Hall and at the Old City Hall citation needed All vocal coaching for the film was led by Torontobased Elaine Overholt whom Richard Gere thanked personally during his Golden Globe acceptance speech Releaseedit Critical responseedit On the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an 87 approval rating the general consensus states A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago succeeds on the level of pure spectacle but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well 7 On Metacritic the film averaged a critical score of 82 indicating universal acclaim 8 The cast received widespread universal acclaim for their performances Tim Robey writer for The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom labeled Chicago as The best screen musical for 30 years He also stated that it has taken a threestep tango for us to welcome back the movie musical as a form Robey said This particular Chicago makes the most prolific use it possibly can out of one specific advantage the cinema has over the stage when it comes to song and dance its a sustained celebration of parallel montage 9Roger Ebert called it Big brassy fun 10 However other reviews claimed that there were issues with the film being too streamlined and minor complaints were made toward Marshalls directing influences 11 Box officeedit The film grossed 170687518 in the United States and Canada as well 136089214 in other territories 12 Combined the film grossed 306776732 worldwide which was at the time the highest gross of any film never to reach 1 or 2 in the weekly box office charts in the North American markets Canada and United Stateswhere it peaked at 3 This record has since been outdone by Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel 13 Worldwide Chicago was the highest grossing live action musical with 306 million a record that was then broken by Mamma Mia Legacyedit Chicago along with an earlier musical Moulin Rouge and the hip hop centred film 8 Mile is widely considered to be responsible for the reemergence of the musical film genre in the 21st century Following the success of Chicago many musical films have been released in cinemas including Phantom of the Opera The Producers Rent Dreamgirls also written by Bill Condon Hairspray which also had Queen Latifah Enchanted Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which also had costumes by Coleen Atwood Mamma Mia which also had Christine Baranski Les Misérables Rock of Ages which also had Catherine Zeta Jones Sunshine on Leith Into The Woods also directed by Rob Marshall and also featuring Baranski and costumes by Atwood La La Land and Beauty and the Beast all of these bar Enchanted Sunshine on Leith Beauty and the Beast and La La Land were adaptations of BroadwayWest End stage shows Both Enchanted and La La Land were original properties Sunshine on Leith was an adaptation of a Dundee Reps production and Beauty and the Beast was one of Disneys live action remakes Chicagof Special Edition Home mediaedit Chicago was released on DVD in Region 1 USA Canada and US territories on August 19 2003 It was released in Full Screen and Widescreen In addition to this release a twodisc Razzle Dazzle Edition was released over two years later on December 20 2005 and later on Bluray format in January 2007 and in an updated release in May 2011 Miramax was the label responsible for the production of the DVDs and the discs themselves provide a featurelength audio commentary track with director Marshall and screenwriter Condon There is also a deleted musical number called Class performed by ZetaJones and Queen Latifah Awards and nominationsedit This section needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed February 2015 Category Nominee Result 75th Academy Awards1415 Best Picture Martin Richards Won Best Actress Renée Zellweger Nominated Best Supporting Actor John C Reilly Nominated Best Supporting Actress Catherine ZetaJones Won Queen Latifah Nominated Best Director Rob Marshall Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay Bill Condon Nominated Best Cinematography Dion Beebe Nominated Best Art Direction Art Direction John Myhre Set Decoration Gordon Sim Won Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Won Best Film Editing Martin Walsh Won Best Sound Michael Minkler Dominick Tavella and David Lee Won Best Original Song John Kander and Fred Ebb for I Move On Nominated 56th BAFTA Awards16 Best Film Nominated Best Actress Renée Zellweger Nominated Best Supporting Actress Catherine ZetaJones Won Queen Latifah Nominated David Lean Award for Direction Rob Marshall Nominated Best Cinematography Dion Beebe Nominated Best Production Design John Myhre Nominated Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Nominated Best Make Up and Hair Judi CooperSealy Nominated Best Editing Martin Walsh Nominated Best Sound Michael Minkler David Lee and Dominick Tavella Won Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Danny Elfman Nominated 60th Golden Globe Awards17 Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Won Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Richard Gere Won Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Renée Zellweger Won Catherine ZetaJones Nominated Best Supporting Actor John C Reilly Nominated Best Supporting Actress Queen Latifah Nominated Best Director Rob Marshall Nominated Best Screenplay Bill Condon Nominated Critics Choice Movie Awards18 Best Picture Won Best Supporting Actress Catherine ZetaJones Won Best Acting Ensemble Won Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Actress Renée Zellweger Nominated DallasFort Worth Film Critics Association Award Best Picture Won Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing Rob Marshall Won Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actress Catherine ZetaJones Won Florida Film Critics Circle Best Song Cell Block Tango Won National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Directorial Debut Rob Marshall Won Online Film Critics Society Awards19 Best Supporting Actress Catherine ZetaJones Nominated Best Ensemble Nominated Best Breakthrough Filmmaker Rob Marshall Nominated Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Nominated Best Editing Martin Walsh Nominated Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Picture Nominated Best Actress Renée Zellweger Nominated Best Supporting Actress Catherine ZetaJones Won Best Acting Ensemble Nominated Best Director Rob Marshall Nominated Best Cinematography Dion Beebe Nominated Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Won Best Film Editing Martin Walsh Won Best Newcomer Rob Marshall Nominated Producers Guild of America Award Best Picture Martin Richards Won Screen Actors Guild Awards20 Best Actress Renée Zellweger Won Best Actor Richard Gere Nominated Best Supporting Actress Catherine ZetaJones Won Queen Latifah Nominated Best Acting Ensemble Won Writers Guild of America Award Best Adapted Screenplay Bill Condon Nominated Referencesedit CHICAGO 12A British Board of Film Classification December 12 2002 Retrieved March 6 2014   Chicago 2002 Box Office Mojo Retrieved March 6 2014   Mitchell Elvis December 27 2002 Movie Review Chicago 2002 The New York Times Retrieved March 7 2014   Glenn Chicago in Movie Musicals from Stage to Screen httpwww imdb comtitlett0299658reviews1081 Peter Nichols Adding a song to Chicago in NY Times 15 Aug 2003 Chicago Movie Reviews Pictures Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved June 5 2009   Chicago reviews Metacritic Retrieved August 13 2009   Robey Tim December 27 2002 This Jailhouse Rocks The Telegraph London UK Retrieved November 17 2009   Chicago 2002 Cream of the Crops Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved June 5 2009   OConnell Sean January 21 2003 Chicago Filmcritic com Retrieved November 18 2009   Chicago 2002 Box Office Mojo Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 6 2014   Top Grossing Movies That Never Hit 1 at the Box Office Box Office Mojo Retrieved July 18 2010   The 75th Academy Awards 2003 Nominees and Winners oscars org Retrieved 20111120   The 2003 Oscar Winners Ropeofsilicon com Archived from the original on August 6 2009 Retrieved August 10 2009   Awards Database The BAFTA site Bafta org Retrieved August 10 2009   The 2003 Golden Globe Award Winners Ropeofsilicon com Archived from the original on December 8 2009 Retrieved August 10 2009   The BFCA Critics Choice Awards  2002 Bfca org Archived from the original on February 25 2011 Retrieved August 10 2009   O F C S The Online Film Critics Society Rotten Tomatoes January 6 2003 Archived from the original on January 24 2010 Retrieved August 10 2009   The 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners Ropeofsilicon com Archived from the original on January 22 2009 Retrieved August 10 2009   External linksedit Chicago on IMDb Chicago at the TCM Movie Database Chicago at Box Office Mojo Chicago at Rotten Tomatoes Chicago at Metacritic