Synopsis by Mark Deming
This made-for-TV movie was based on the true story of the men who created a gold mine by creating the first exotic dance club for women, and the bitter rivalry that tore them apart. Steve Banerjee (Naveen Andrews) was an Indian immigrant running a failing nightclub in Los Angeles when he met Nick Denoia (Paul Hipp), a choreographer scouting locations for a television show. Hoping to bring in business, Banerjee had been experimenting with presenting male strippers; Denoia suggested that the idea wasn't bad, but the presentation was all wrong, and he suggested they pool their resources to open a classy night spot featuring good looking and well-choreographed male dancers who would attract an upscale female clientele. Banerjee and Denoia named the club Chippendales, and it was soon a major success, but Denoia began angering Banerjee by telling the press he alone hatched the idea for the club, while Denoia was angry with his partner for overcrowding the club, trying to take full control the business, and using violence to discourage other clubs from featuring male dancers. Denoia began making plans to open a Chippendales franchise in New York behind Banerjee's back, and when Banerjee discovered this, the increasingly paranoid club owner decided it was time to take his partner out of the business once and for all. The Chippendales Murder also stars Alex DeBoe, Victor Webster, and Dan Horton as three of the club's star dancers.