Release Date: December 5th, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10th, 2009
R|1 hr 48 min
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.
Director: Darnell Martin
Production Co: LightWave Entertainment, Sony Music Film, Parkwood Pictures
Distributors: Sony Pictures