Cadillac Records [videorecording] / Parkwood Pictures ; Sony Music Film ; produced by Andrew Lack, Sofia Sondervan ; written by Darnell Martin ; directed by Darnell Martin.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 
Description: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject: Chess, Leonard, 1917-1969 Drama.
Chess Records (Firm) Drama.
Sound recording executives and producers Illinois Chicago Drama.
Blues (Music) Illinois Chicago Drama.
Rock music Illinois Chicago Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Musical Feature. migfg
Show business Feature. migfg
Musical films. gsafd
Credits: Director of photography, Anastas Michos ; editor, Peter C. Frank ; music, Terence Blanchard.
Performers: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker, Mos Def, Beyoncé Knowles.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R; for pervasive language and some sexuality.
Notes: English or dubbed French dialogue, English or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Summary: Chess Records was located on the south side of Chicago. In 1947, it began recording blues music with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. This eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer, Leonard Chess has an ear for this different type of music and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Etta James. Chess makes all of his artist part of his family and takes care of them. This is not easy since they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business.