• 2002
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Written by: Maurine Dallas Watkins, Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, Bill Condon
  • Cast: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C Reilly, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu

Marshall's long-awaited screen adaptation of the celebrated musical explodes on to the silver screen, following the exploits of two murderous jazz babies – Roxie Hart (Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) – and their defence lawyer, Billy Flynn (Gere). Moving between the reality of Prohibition-era Chicago and the interior fantasy world of Roxie Hart, where each character becomes an all-singing, all-dancing powerhouse, Marshall skilfully succeeds in a potentially problematic stage to screen adaptation. Lacking enough sass and sexual innuendo, Cabaret this ain't, but Chicago nonetheless does justice to the stage musical and the dazzling vitality of the business known as show.

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