PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.
This film marks the second time Richard Gere has played a smarmy, fame-hungry attorney based in Chicago, Illinois. The first time was in Primal Fear (1996) as the Marty Vail.
Mr. Billy Flynn and the press conference rag. Notice how his mouth never moves... almost.
Depending on whether you go by the timeline of the 1924 Broadway play, the 1927 silent movie, or whatever year the 1975 musical revival represents this film certainly takes place in the 1920s. Early in the film Mama Morton is heard mentioning going to Big Jim Colosimo's, a famous gangster of the era. Big Jim was murdered in 1920 and couldn't have been alive in the mid 1920s. Also 'bobbed hairstyles' were not a norm in the year 1920. Women would have still been wearing long hair as they had before WW1 in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
There's no opening credits, save the title "CHICAGO".
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.
£113,386 (UK) (29 December 2002)
$170,687,518 (USA) (4 September 2003)
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