Overall Rank: 5170
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 35
Theatrical Release Date: 12/05/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/10/2009
Genre: Drama, Musical
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Darnell Martin
Actors: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Beyoncé Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer
Plot: Explores the life and times of Chess Records, the Chicago studio home to legendary musicians Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf and more. -- Chris Kavan
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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 10/17/2011
I really did not expect this movie to be as good as it was
sapien - wrote on 03/27/2009
It's almost a good movie..., almost. The score is certainly spectacular (how can it not be with Howlin' Wolf in it?). But, the plot is quite dry.
Full Movie Reviews
Pervenia - wrote on 12/09/2008
By Pervenia P. Brown
Is Cadillac Records Oscar material? For certain actors—yes.
In a film about Chess Records and its recording artists, I expected its cast to embody the persona of legendary artists’ who made groundbreaking strides and carved out a place for themselves in the music industry. How skillfully did the cast exemplify characteristics of their iconic personalities?
Without a doubt, Columbus Short is a natural as Little Walter. Short threw himself wholeheartedly into his role. Not only did he connect with the psychological aspects of his character, Short exemplified, with such distinctness, a man and a musician struggling with a lifetime of inner demons. And, his confrontation with the police reveals that struggle. Short gave a powerful performance that …
Allison - wrote on 11/25/2008
Cadillac Records has a lot of potential for Oscar season. It had everything Walk the Line had, only multiply that by five. We are not talking about one story, but stories centered around about five top blues artists from the fifties period.
Some people would say it's about Leonard Chess, since "Chess Records" gave out Cadillacs to its artists. That is probably why the movie is called Cadillac Records. The movie seems to center on Muddy Waters, before also exploring the careers of Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, and Chuck Berry.
In the beginning it started out well. But when some of the musicians were supposed to be playing, the camera focused on the actors' faces, then it cut to a close-up of fingers on guitar, and no wide shots, meaning that not all actors were actually …
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