Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is given Roxie's
diary by the prison matron, Mama Morton (Queen
Latifah). Velma uses the diary to get her prison
sentence reduced in exchange for testifying against
Roxie (Renee Zellweger). Billy Flynn (Richard Gere),
Roxie's lawyer, discredits the diary as fake and Roxie
is acquitted. After the trial ends, we find out that
Billy himself faked a few entries in the diary so it
would be discredited, and slipped it to Mama Morton.
Roxie's estranged husband, Amos (John C. Reilly) hopes
for a reconciliation, but Roxie walks away from him.
(She's not pregnant, either.) Just as Roxie is about
to bask in her triumph, another woman shoots her
lover--and her lawyer--on the courthouse steps, and the
reporters all flock to the new sensation. Roxie tries to make it in vaudeville, but there's no
interest in her any more. Only by teaming up with
Velma as a double act can they get work. The two of
them perform a big triumphant number (complete with
machine guns) in front of an appreciative audience.
Thanks, Patrick B!