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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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Plot Keywords:

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Robbins considered playing Orson Welles. Rainn Wilson was also considered and auditioned. See more »


When Italy invaded, Ethiopia was still known as Abyssinia See more »


Marc: I am faithful to the ideals of the party.
Orson Welles: I am faithful to the party of ideas.
John Houseman: You are faithful to the idea of a party.
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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 »


Featured in Broadway: The American Musical (2004) See more »


Oh What a Filthy Night Court
Written by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Henry Stram, Erin Hill, Daniel Jenkins (as Dan Jenkins),
Timothy Jerome (as Tim Jerome), Victoria Clark (as Vicki Clark) and Chris McKinney
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Deserves more praise than it gets
29 January 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This may suffer from having a few too many plot lines and characters (Emily Watson, for example, is a role too far), but most of what's there is excellent. Bill Murray is as good as he has been recently in Rushmore and Lost in Translation, and the Cusacks are at their best. This is a film that lingers with you after you've seen it, and gives a fascinating insight into a turbulent time.

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