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

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


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

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


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

Gross: $8,195,551

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.


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.