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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Adair
Harry Hopkins


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 (52) »


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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 USA:

$93,998, 12 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,899,970, 23 April 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The three-toned art-deco console radio seen in an office sequence is a Midwest Radio Model B-16 from 1936. See more »


When Tommy Crickshaw and Hazel Huffman are discussing communism, the camera shot from behind Crickshaw shows his hand in a fist, cut to the next shot facing him, his hand is stretched out. See more »


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

This film was edited on old fashioned machines. 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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Not Worth Renting......
20 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I do not know where the problem in this movies lies. There must have been something in the script to get people like John & Joan Cusack, Reuben Blades, Bob Balaban and the rest involved in the project like this. However, from watching the final project I have no idea what it was.

The movie was poorly written. The characters were buffoonish stereotypes. The plot was a hodge-podge of storylines that lacked Robert Atlman's unifying touches. The direction was over the top. Was Tim Robbins trying to distract the audience from the weaknesses in the film?

In short, I would not recommend this movie to anyone. I can not believe I wasted money renting this.

I expected so much more. The subject matter and the historical characters deserve much better treatment.

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