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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 January 2000 (USA)
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A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.



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In 1930s New York Orson Welles tries to stage a musical on a steel strike under the Federal Theater Program despite pressure from an establishment fearful of industrial unrest and red activity. Meanwhile Nelson Rockefeller gets the foyer of his company headquarters decorated and an Italian countess sells paintings for Mussolini. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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1930s | theatre | depression | union | play | See All (48) »


Art is never dangerous -- unless it tells the truth. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abajo el telón  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,998 (USA) (10 December 1999)


$2,899,970 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Tim Robbins, Vanessa Redgrave and Susan Sarandon; and five Oscar nominees: Bob Balaban, Joan Cusack, Bill Murray, Emily Watson and Paul Giamatti. See more »


In the opening exterior NYC street sequence following Olive, just as John Turturro's credit is supered, a window mounted air conditioner is visible in the alleyway behind. While home air conditioning was introduced in 1928, it was extremely rare until after World War II, and it's not clear the design shown was available at the time. See more »


John Houseman: As the producer, I can fire anybody I want, and I am fucking fired!
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Crazy Credits

There is a heart in the credit roll with the following initials inside; SS, EMLA, JHR & MGR (SS is likely 'Susan Sarandon,' EMLA for Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri, JHR & MGR for Robbins' & Sarandon's sons Jack Henry & Miles Robbins). See more »


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Croon Spoon
Written by Marc Blitzstein
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1 February 2000 | by (Norwalk, CT) – See all my reviews

This is a classically written piece about the corruptability and compromises of politicians, businessmen and yes even artists. Tim Robbins is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. I'll admit I had a hard time trying not to misinterpret the dialog, but at least the movie made me think. I also commend Robbins for tackling the hypocrisy involved in being an artist. It's slow, but give it a chance. By the end of this movie the levels and themes he's hitting on tie together very, very well.

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