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R| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
In 1947 Chicago, Polish emigrant and bar owner Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) hires a blues combo that includes guitarist Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and harmonica player Little Walter (Columbus Short). Waters' and Walter's success leads to Chess' management of stars Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker), Chuck Berry (Mos Def) and others. Inevitably, business and personal lines blur as the sometimes-turbulent lives of the musicians play out.

Cast: Adrien Brody , Beyoncé Knowles , Jeffrey Wright , Gabrielle Union , Columbus Short , Cedric the Entertainer , Eamonn Walker , Emmanuelle Chriqui

Director: Darnell Martin

Genres: Drama, Biography

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Cadillac Records (2008)

Release Date: December 5th, 2008|1 hr. 48 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 28 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A satisfying combination of great songs and strong dramatic performances. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film features too little about Berry (an engaging Mos Def), who crosses over to great fame. show more

  • April 12, 2014 carro3l
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    FACTS SCREWED UP...CHUCK BERRY DOING NADINE AND NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO IN THE 50'SS..CHECK YOUR FACTS...SONGS WERE WRITTEN WHILE HE WAS LOCKED UP AND RECORDED IN 63/64...WHAT HAPPENED TO OTHER CHESS BROTHER???

  • August 13, 2012 Angela Thomas
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    Great movie. A must see. The songs and characters come to life and make you feel the music as if you were there.

  • August 29, 2011 Rev
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    A great movie, it got me back in touch with the songs I grew up with.

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