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Story

Bob Fosse's sexy cynicism still shines in Chicago, a faithful movie adaptation of the choreographer-director's 1975 Broadway musical. Of course the story, all about merry murderesses and tabloid fame, is set in the Roaring '20s, but Chicago reeks of '70s disenchantment--this isn't just Fosse's material, it's his attitude, too. That's probably why the movie's breathless observations on fleeting fame and fickle public taste already seem dated. However, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are beautifully matched as Jazz Age vixens, and Richard Gere gleefully sheds his customary cool to belt out a showstopper. (Yes, they all do their own singing and dancing.) Whatever qualms musical purists may have about director Rob Marshall's cut-cut-cut style, the film's sheer exuberance is intoxicating. Given the scarcity of big-screen musicals in the last 25 years, that's a cause for singing, dancing, cheering. And all that jazz. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby

Cast

Taye DiggsBandleader
Catherine Zeta-JonesVelma Kelly
Renee ZellwegerRoxie Hart
Dominic WestFred Casely
Jayne EastwoodMrs. Borusewicz
John C. ReillyAmos Hart
Colm FeoreDA Martin Harrison
Queen LatifahMatron Mama Morton
MyaMona
Richard GereBilly Flynn
Christine BaranskiMary Sunshine
Lucy LiuKitty Baxter

  • Genre: Musical Movies
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 113 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 24, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 19, 2003
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