Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

DVD - 2009
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Chess Records was located on the south side of Chicago. In 1947, it began recording blues music with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. This eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer, Leonard Chess has an ear for this different type of music and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Etta James. Chess makes all of his artists part of his family and takes care of them. This is not easy since they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781435953987
Branch Call Number: DVD CADILLA 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 29, 2018

Lots of mumbling. Good music but turned it off because of the language. Just too much.

Aug 16, 2015

Dark and sometimes depressing, but still a good movie.

May 04, 2015

I love Columbus Short in this! Wish he would do more acting!

Aug 13, 2014

I enjoyed this movie, it was entertaining. Mos Def as Chuck Berry was great. Beyonce was OK, but if I closed my eyes I would know that it was Beyonce singing and not Etta James.
The story itself wasn't really historically accurate, and of course sensationalized to make a good movie.

d2013 May 05, 2013

It was fun. It was entertaining. I loved it and I would watch it again just for the music.

Jul 22, 2012

Very good movie and music. I like movies based on true stories.

Mar 03, 2012

Often times it is hard to understand what the characters are saying, there is much mumbling.
However, the actor portraying Muddy Waters steals the show, and is worth watching just for him.
The absolutely frightful Howlin' Wolf is a must see (although he looks like they may have painted his face for increased effect).
And Adrien Brody does a decent job of holding the story together, although his character is a bit flat.
Beyonce is a surprise, managing to display genuine talent as Etta James. All in all, a good movie, light entertainment, good to pass some time but probably mostly forgettable.

maria72094 Feb 11, 2012

It was a good movie! Beyonce made the movie in my opinion. I loved her performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind."

Nov 26, 2011

solid cultural/music industry movie spanning decades but primarily set during 50/60's. Big breaks, fading racism but ever present issues and just good music.

Feb 25, 2011

Masterpiece it ain't; enjoyable & touching nonetheless. Soulful music & acting by a solid cast. Beyoncé gave a heartbreaking performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind"; & Eamonn Walker made a sexy Howlin' Wolf. It might not be the most insightful musical biopic, but definitely worth seeing just to get a glimpse of the Blue history.
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Oct 24, 2010

Coarse Language: Let's face it, they swear, and swear a lot

Oct 24, 2010

Sexual Content: The sexual content is there but it is not a overt as one would expect. The violence/coarse language is much worse.

Oct 24, 2010

Violence: The 1950's was a racist time with racist violence on every corner. That's the way it was.


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Oct 24, 2010

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Oct 24, 2010

This movie captures a time in American history where racism & bigotry was rampant &shows the lives of several Black people as they try to make it in a world that clearly is not able to allow Black people their place in life.
Through their music, originally captured by a white man trying to record the folk songs of the deep south, Muddy Waters realizes that his lot in life it to sing. Along with several other Black men & a Jewish record producer, money, prestige, fame, is what they get while integration is on the cusp of changing a nation.
This shows the story of blues & the history of Rock 'n Roll & the lives of the singers who made it so.
This is a must see movie for all music buffs, especially the young.
Beware, language & violence are not pretty, but the story is one that has influenced ALL the music of today.
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ this movie, for it's story alone, deserves more stars than the stars that are in it.


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maria72094 Feb 11, 2012

Etta James: Don't be looking at me like I ain't got no draws on.

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