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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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

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

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

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,899,970 (USA) (21 April 2000)
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The three-toned art-deco console radio seen in an office sequence is a Midwest Radio Model B-16 from 1936. See more »

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During the discussion in the Federal Theatre Project office early in the film, a (color) wall map of the USA can be seen including Alaska and Hawaii. Neither of these states were part of the union in 1936, but were U.S. territories. See more »

Quotes

John Houseman: I've always said the play would be better on a bare stage.
Orson Welles: Actually, Hallie said that.
John Houseman: No, I said it first.
Orson Welles: No you didn't.
John Houseman: Yes I did.
Orson Welles: No, you didn't!
John Houseman: Yes, I did!
Orson Welles: No, you DIDN'T!
John Houseman: Yes, I BLOODY WELL DID!
Orson Welles: Oh, *fine*, Jack! You win, you've got the biggest creative dick, okay?
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This film was edited on old fashioned machines. See more »

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Referenced in Gangs of New York (2002) See more »

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Honolulu
Written by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Timothy Jerome (as Tim Jerome), Victoria Clark (as Vicki Clark),
Erin Hill, Daniel Jenkins (as Dan Jenkins)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A Wonderful, Intelligent Film
3 May 2000 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Cradle Will Rock has everything I like in a movie - great characters, humor, suspense, depth, and music. The many subplots are woven together in perfect balance, leaving you wanting more of everything at the end, even though the film is over two hours.

The acting is excellent all around, especially Cherry Jones' portrayal of Hallie Flanagan, the head of the Federal Theater. Ruben Blades and Angus MacFadyen give us Diego Rivera and Orson Welles, respectively, and do not disappoint. It's rare to see so many charismatic, likeable people in a movie with a real story. There is no one star of the film - everyone is sharing the spotlight equally. Tim Robbins has really done a magnificent job of putting all the pieces in the right places.

And perhaps best of all, this is a film with real controversy - one that will get you thinking about art and politics and unions and the influence of money on everything. Cradle Will Rock is such an ambitious piece of work, it could have failed in so many different ways, and yet it succeeds on every level. Check it out.


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