PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Cited as one of the films responsible for prompting the MPAA to include smoking in their film certification criteria in 2007, due to the numerous instances of smoking from the main characters and ensemble.
It'll never work.
Velma Kelly: Why not?
Roxie: Because I hate you.
Velma Kelly: There's only one business where that's no problem at all.
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.
The title "CHICAGO" appears as a "C" in the middle of a zoom of Roxie's eye, then the rest of the letters light up around it.
£113,386 (UK) (29 December 2002)
$170,687,518 (USA) (4 September 2003)
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