Chicago

Question: What happened to the original poster with Roxy and Velma holding guns behind their backs? In all the more recent ones the guns are gone. Why?

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Answer: I have both the DVD and the soundtrack. On the DVD cover they have the guns, however on the soundtrack cover, their arms look like they have been cut out of the picture along with the guns. Possibly somebody thought that it was a bad influence, since many young people enjoy the movie as well.

leyesalot82789
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Question: How much time supposedly elapses between Roxie's arrest and her being acquitted of the murder charge? I have a hard time with the "fake pregnancy" element. We know Roxie was faking it, but if at least a few months had passed between her arrest and her announcement - much less between her trial and arrest - she was so thin that even a pregnancy of a few months (or lack thereof) would be noticeable to anyone who looked at her.

Kimberly Klaus
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Chosen answer: Pregnancy or lack therof would have been noticeable you think, but I am a size 8(aust) and gave birth 8 weeks early, still wearing size 10 clothes - unless I told people I was 7 months pregant they did not know.

panda
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Question: In 'Razzle Dazzle', Billy holds up a hand signal to the judge and he allows his objection. What is the hand signal?

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Answer: The shots are actually unrelated. Billy objects, it is sustained, and the prosecuting attorney expresses outrage that he hasn't even asked a question to object to yet. This is meant to humorously demonstrate how effective Billy is as a defense attorney. Then we see Billy cross-examining a witness who claimed to have seen something. Billy holds up three fingers, Razzle Dazzle Billy switches the gesture to a thumb then back to the three fingers, and the witness is unable to state how many fingers Billy is holding up. This indicates her eyesight is poor and therefore her testimony untrustworthy. But the two displays are only related insofar as they occur during the same trial, otherwise they have nothing to do with one another.

Phixius Premium member
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Question: Does Roxie get back together with her husband at the end? We see him leave, but they don't explain it. Perhaps the stage play explains this.

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Answer: Amos wants to reconcile when the trial ends but Roxie walks away. (The end of their marriage is not explained in the stage play, either.) One is led to believe Roxie leaves Amos and goes on to stardom.

JustJudy
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Question: What does the Hungarian woman actually say?

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Answer: This is already listed under trivia for this film, but the translation of her story is as follows: "What am doing here? They say my famous lover held down my husband while I chopped off his head. But it isn't true, I am innocent. I don't know why Uncle Sam says I did it. I tried to explain it at the police station but they did not understand me."

Steph_Jared
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Question: What does the "pop, six, squish, sisarow, lipshits." or whatever it was? I didn't catch it too good, but what did it mean? It was in the "He had it comin'" song. (I know the pop refered to the gum, six was about his six wives and Lipshits was the name of the boyfriend.) What were the other two?

Hamster Premium member
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Chosen answer: Each sound had a significance in the story told by the convict. "Pop" was the sound of the chewing gum. "Six" was the number of wives. "Squish" was the sound of her husband "running into" her knife ten times. "Uh-Uh" was the response from the one who was asked "did you do it?" Cicero was the name of the hotel where Velma killed her husband and sister. Lipschitz was the name of the boyfriend who went to "find himself."

K.C. Sierra
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Question: The Hungarian woman who is excecuted is referred to by two slightly different names. When she is about to be hung, she is called one name, but everywhere else she is called something else. What IS her name?

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Answer: The character's name is Katalin Helinszki but they refer to her as The Hunyak, the Hungarian.

Kara
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Question: Was Roxie really ever pregnant? She revealed later that she wasn't but the Doctor said she was.

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Answer: No she was never pregnant. The doctor only says that she was because she had given him certain sexual favours to bribe him into saying it! If you look, you can see him zip up his trousers when he announces the pregnancy.

mandy gasson
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Question: I noticed that during the Cell Block Tango, "Pop" shoves the Hungarian girl pretty aggressively. Is this a mistake?

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Answer: It is not a mistake, it is choreographed that way. "Pop" is deliberately pushing the Hungarian girl ("Uh Uh") out of her way as she walks to center stage.

raywest Premium member
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Question: Catherine Zeta-Jones' character is always smoking a cigarette. Did Catherine Zeta-Jones really smoke for the film or is the cigarette fake?

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Answer: CZJ may be a smoker in real life, but to keep consistency and account for multiple takes productions use fake cigarettes. Otherwise "smoking" actors could go through dozens of packs each day of shooting, which would make even the most dedicated smoker ill.

Question: Where can I watch JUST the tap dancing footage without the courtroom scenes interrupting?

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Answer: You could tape VCR-VCR and edit out the courtroom scenes. You just aren't going to find a DVD or VHS of any musical with only a few scenes removed to keep dance numbers in one piece.

Grumpy Scot
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Question: Viewers always say Katalin Helinszki was innocent. How do you know? Sure, she said she was innocent, but so did some of the others.

MikeH

Answer: Many feel she was innocent because she was the only one during the Cell Block Tango scene not holding a red scarf (indicating the other women had blood on their hands). The others boasted about what they'd done while she proclaimed her innocence. She was also the only one executed, probably because she was unable to defend herself due to her poor English. There may have been discrimination against her because she was foreign.

raywest Premium member
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Also during her dance, the light that shown down on her was white while the others were either in the dark or under a red light for the blood they shed.

Question: A friend told me that Catherine Zeta-Jones was pregnant during the filming of Chicago. Is it true?

Answer: Yeah she was if you look closely during "I can not do it alone" you can see.

Answer: No, she had said herself that she didn't get pregnant until just after filming was finished on "Intolerable Cruelty."

Question: Why was it Queen Latifa who sang "I move on" at the Oscar show, when it was Renee Zellwegger who sang it in the movie (during the credits)?

Answer: Because Renee Zellwegger didn't want to perform at the Oscars.

Jane Doe

Question: I know the film is set in the 1920s, but did anyone see a specific year (i.e., 1925) mentioned anywhere in the film (in a newspaper, maybe)?

Answer: According to Wikipedia.com the story takes place in 1924. Link provided to confirm and more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_(musical).

OneHappyHusky

Question: Why is it on all the posters and on the DVD and soundtrack cover, Velma is wearing a silver dress, which is Roxie's costume in the song "Roxie", and Roxie is wearing a black dress, which is Velma's costume in the opening number - "All That Jazz"?

Answer: Roxie wears the black dress briefly, while fantasizing about being on the stage during All That Jazz. Velma wears the white dress in the closing number.

K.C. Sierra
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Question: Do you know where I could find the lyrics to all the songs in this film?

Answer: Lyrics on Demand. Link provided: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/soundtracks/c/chicagolyrics/.

OneHappyHusky
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Question: What is in the bottle that Roxie pays for while she's in jail before she does her hair?

Answer: Given that in the next scene, Roxie presents herself with a newly dyed platinum blonde hairstyle, it's a safe bet that the bottle was hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide was the most commonly used hair bleaching agent during the 1920's, when the story of Chicago takes place.

Michael Albert

Factual error: In the scene where Roxie is placed in the "paddy wagon" to be taken to Cook County Jail, the prosecutor refers to himself as District Attorney Harrison. However, the court system in Illinois doesn't have district attorneys; rather, they have state's attorneys. The original play by Maureen Watkins correctly calls him a state's attorney.

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Velma Kelly: Well, you wanted my advice, right? Whatever it is, don't forget Billy Flinn's number-one client is Billy Flynn.

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Trivia: In 'Cell Block Tango', the scarves represent murder. While the other four murderesses carry only one red scarf, Velma carries two (one for her husband and one for her sister) and Catalina has one white scarf to show that she alone is innocent.

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