Monday, April 30, 2012

Cadillac Records

2008 Musical Biographical Film

Director: Darnell Martin

Writer: Darnell Martin

Cinematography: Anastas Michos

Running time: 109 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: If you take the ride, you must pay the price.

Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess
Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters
Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon
Gabrielle Union as Geneva Wade
Columbus Short as Little Walter
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Revetta Chess
Eamonn Walker as Howlin' Wolf
Mos Def as Chuck Berry
Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James
Shiloh Fernandez as Phil Chess
Jay O. Sanders as Mr. Feder
Eric Bogosian as Alan Freed
Vincent D'Onofrio (uncredited) as disk jockey

Leonard Chess, a Polish immigrant of Jewish descent, becomes the founder of a record label, which opens the doors for African-American people to record music. This leads to Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Etta James, and Muddy Waters.

  1. Black Reel-Best Ensemble Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Eamonn Walker
    Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def, Gabrielle Union, Beyoncé Knowles &
    Columbus Short-
    Black Reel Awards
  2. Black Reel-Best Film Andrew Lack, Sofia Sondervan & Beyoncé Knowles-Black Reel Awards
  3. Black Reel-Best Supporting Actor Jeffrey Wright-Black Reel Awards
  4. Image Award-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Columbus Short
Arranger Riley Hampton, who orchestrated all of Etta's Chess hits, including "At Last," is not mentioned anywhere in the film. 



5 star out of 5 stars

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