Cadillac Records

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Released 2008

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Director:
Darnell Martin
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Cadillac Records is a 2008 musical biopic starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody in a soulful story about the life and legacy of the visionary Leonard Chess, whose career as an executive and producer at Chess Records influenced the sound of popular music for years to come. In the 1940s and 50s, a large number of accomplished African American blues and gospel musicians fled the poverty and prejudice of the Southern plantations. The musicians traveled north as far as they could go—to Memphis, to St. Louis, and if they could make it, all the way to Chicago. Chicago, where the burgeoning music scene was all-inclusive and all you needed was a fresh voice to hit it big. To accommodate this onslaught of talent, Leonard Chess (Brody) established his own record company. For two decades, Chess Records released some of the most important recordings in American music history. Musicians to work at Chess include Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). Cadillac Records is a must-see for music fans, full of beautiful music and top-notch acting.moreless

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    This movie is crowded and sprawling, and if it rambles sometimes, that's just fine. Like those big, boxy Caddies (and like Howlin' Wolf, if he did say so himself), it's built for c...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 ...

  • 60

    Variety

    Most of the details are right-on in Cadillac Records, though the director's efforts to sell it sometimes steers the film into mawkish or hokey territory.

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Drama

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Showbiz, rags to riches, social issues, period piece, old time america