• Cadillac Records (2008)

Cadillac Records

Release Date: December 5th, 2008

DVD Release Date: March 10th, 2009

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 , Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer , Eamonn Walker, Emmanuelle Chriqui

Director: Darnell Martin

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: LightWave Entertainment, Sony Music Film, Parkwood Pictures

Distributors: Sony Pictures

Keywords: Police officer, Engaging, Transformation, Rise, 1950s, Bar

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Cadillac Records may be a mess dramatically, but it's a wonderful mess, and not just because of the great music. The people who made it must have harbored the notion, almost subversive in a season of so many depressing films, that going out to the movies should be fun. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Cadillac Records is an account of the Chess story that depends more on music than history, which is perhaps as it should be. The film is a fascinating record of the evolution of a black musical style, and the tangled motives of the white men who had an instinct for it. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    In watching this film, it's best not to worry much about the film's fidelity to history but rather simply lean back and enjoy one great jam session on film. show more

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Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture