Cadillac Records

December 5th, 2008


Cadillac Records

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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.7/10 (7,357 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Darnell Martin

Stars: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles

In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Joshua Alscher - Mick Jagger
Tim Bellow - Man in the Caddy (as Timothy Bellow)
Tony Bentley - Lomax
Tammy Blanchard - Isabelle Allen
Eric Bogosian - Alan Freed
Marc Bonan - Keith Richards
Adrien Brody - Leonard Chess
Cedric the Entertainer - Willie Dixon
Emmanuelle Chriqui - Revetta Chess
Douglas Crosby - Policeman (Little Walter beating)
Dexter Darden - Geneva's Teenage Son
Veronika Dash - Blonde Girl
Sean Shyboy Davis - Toothless Hillbilly Little Walter (as Sean Davis)
Eshaya Draper - Charles Waters
Shiloh Fernandez - Phil Chess

Taglines: Follow the beat to its source.


Official Website: Sony Pictures [Japan] | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 5 December 2008

Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,445,559 (USA) (7 December 2008) (687 Screens)

Gross: $8,195,551 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Leonard Chess' brother, Philip, was his partner in both the night club and Chess Records. However, Philip is never mentioned throughout the film, and only appears in Chess Record scenes.

Anachronisms: Recording studio scene. In different shots, both 3 track and 4 track machines were shown. 3 track machines introduced about 1958, 4 track later.

Willie Dixon: [as a narrator] When you lose that cat that gave you the sound that nobody else could, it hurts. Hurts more than losing your woman.

User Review

if you love and know about the blues, stay away

Rating: 2/10

Saying Leonard Chess discovered Etta James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf is like saying George Washington discovered America. They all recorded in studios before they recorded at Chess. According to this movie, Muddy and Willie don't fly to England until 1967. It was 1958; ask Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page among others. Not only does this movie get a lot wrong by misconstruing the facts, it leaves out a couple the bigger players like Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy. If you want to hear Etta at her best, listen to the live version of "Baby, What You Want Me To Do". Beyonce couldn't touch that. Spike Lee could do this movie with the same actors (except Beyonce, please use Sharon Jones) and win a Grammy.

The real story of what these people went through doesn't need to be dramatized or exaggerated, it's a great story as is. Read some books.


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