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The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and 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.

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  1. Darnell Martin

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Adrien Brody

    Adrien Brody

    Leonard Chess

  2. Jeffrey Wright

    Jeffrey Wright

    Muddy Waters

  3. Beyoncé Knowles

    Beyoncé Knowles

    Etta James

  4. Gabrielle Union

    Gabrielle Union

    Geneva Wade

  5. Columbus Short

    Columbus Short

    Little Walter

  6. Cedric the Entertainer

    Cedric the Entertainer

    Willie Dixon

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 49m

Budget $12,000,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 5, 2008
    R, Theatrical



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