Cadillac RecordsDecember 5, 2008
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
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.
Man in the Caddy
(as Timothy Bellow)
Cedric the Entertainer
Policeman (Little Walter beating)
Geneva's Teenage Son
Sean Shyboy Davis
Toothless Hillbilly Little Walter
(as Sean Davis)
Follow the beat to its source.
Release Date: 5 December 2008
Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $3,445,559
(7 December 2008)
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.
Recording studio scene. In different shots, both 3 track and 4 track machines were shown. 3 track machines introduced about 1958, 4 track later.
[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.
if you love and know about the blues, stay away
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.