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Cradle Will Rock -- A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.

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12 April 2000 (France) See more »
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Art is never dangerous -- unless it tells the truth.
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A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Artsy, elegant manifesto with fascinating sub-plots and details. See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Hank Azaria ... Marc Blitzstein

Rubén Blades ... Diego Rivera

Joan Cusack ... Hazel Huffman

John Cusack ... Nelson Rockefeller

Cary Elwes ... John Houseman

Philip Baker Hall ... Gray Mathers

Cherry Jones ... Hallie Flanagan

Angus Macfadyen ... Orson Welles

Bill Murray ... Tommy Crickshaw

Vanessa Redgrave ... Countess Constance LaGrange

Susan Sarandon ... Margherita Sarfatti

Jamey Sheridan ... John Adair

John Turturro ... Aldo Silvano

Emily Watson ... Olive Stanton

Bob Balaban ... Harry Hopkins

Jack Black ... Sid

Kyle Gass ... Larry

Paul Giamatti ... Carlo

Barnard Hughes ... Frank Marvel

Barbara Sukowa ... Sophie Silvano

Victoria Clark ... Maxine Elliot's - Dulce Fox

Erin Hill ... Maxine Elliot's - Sandra Mescal
Daniel Jenkins ... Maxine Elliot's - Will Geer
Timothy Jerome ... Maxine Elliot's - Bert Weston

Chris McKinney ... Maxine Elliot's - Canada Lee / Rev. Salvation
Henry Stram ... Maxine Elliot's - Hiram Sherman

Adele Robbins ... Augusta Weissberger

Lee Arenberg ... Abe Feder
Allan F. Nicholls ... George Zorn
Rob Carlson ... National guardsman
Alison Tatlock ... Reporter
Dina Platias ... Lucille Schly
Pamela D. Henry ... Alma Dixon
Emma Smith Stevens ... Stagehand
Steven Tyler ... Lehman Engel
Charles Giordano ... Accordion
Jeffrey Kievit ... Trumpet
Kenneth Finn ... Trombone
Kenneth Hitchcock ... Clarinet
David D'Angelo ... Alto saxophone
David Ratajczak ... Percussion

Stephen Spinella ... Federal Theatre - Donald O'Hara

Brenda Pressley ... Federal Theatre - Rose
Brian Brophy ... Federal Theatre - Pierre de Rohan

David Costabile ... Federal Theatre - Beaver Man
Marla Schaffel ... Federal Theatre - Beaver Woman
Dominic Cortese ... Federal Theatre - Beaver Accordion Accompanist
John Carpenter ... Power - William Randolph Hearst

Gretchen Mol ... Marion Davies
Gil Robbins ... Congressman Starnes

Harris Yulin ... Chairman Martin Dies

Ned Bellamy ... Paul Edwards

V.J. Foster ... James
William Duell ... Butler
Albert Macklin ... Tailor

Scott Sowers ... Reporter

Bobby Amore ... Reporter

Lynn Cohen ... Silvano - Mama

Dominic Chianese ... Silvano - Papa

Peter Jacobson ... Silvano - Uncle
Evan Katz ... Silvano - Joey
Alysia Zucker ... Silvano - Chance

Sarah Hyland ... Silvano - Giovanna
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Silvano - Marta (as Stephanie Roth)
Spanky McHugh ... Vaudeville - Melvin

Todd Stockman ... Vaudeville - Puppeteer

Patrick Husted ... Vaudeville - Vaudeville Theatre Manager
Jay Green ... Vaudeville - Plate Twirler
Carolyn West ... Vaudeville - Assistant Plate Twirler

Steven Skybell ... Blitzstein - Bertolt Brecht
Susan Heimbeinder ... Blitzstein - Eva Blitzstein

Audra McDonald ... Blitzstein - 'Joe Worker' Singer
Robert Ari ... Blitzstein - Liberty Committee #1
Michele Pawk ... Blitzstein - Liberty Committee #2
Gregg Edelman ... Blitzstein - Dream Larry Foreman

Matthew Bennett ... Blitzstein - Dream Cop

Brian Powell ... Rockefeller Center - Aide
Jack Willis ... Rockefeller Center - Lawyer

Gilbert Cruz ... Rockefeller Center - Mendez
Robert Hirschfeld ... Rockefeller Center - Sol

P.J. Brown ... Rockefeller Center - Guard

Michael Rivkin ... Rockefeller Center - Protester
Keira Naughton ... Rockefeller Center - Protester
Taylor Stanley ... Rockefeller Center - Claire
Tommy Allen ... Rockefeller Center - Pete
Jeff Butcher ... Rockefeller Center - Mendez Double
Sandy Hamilton ... Rockefeller Center - Sol Double

Corina Katt Ayala ... Diego - Frida Kahlo
Josie Whittlesey ... Diego - Models

Sandra Lindquist ... Diego - Models

Tamika Lamison ... Diego - Models

Edward James Hyland ... Opening - Worker in Theatre

Boris McGiver ... Opening - Man on Street

Chris Bauer ... VTA - Carpenter

Leonardo Cimino ... VTA - Man in Line

Patti Tippo ... VTA - Clerk

Carrie Preston ... VTA - Administrator
Mary Robbins ... VTA - Disgruntled Worker #1
Chris Talbott ... VTA - Disgruntled Worker #2 (as Christopher Talbott)
Susan Bruce ... VTA - Disgruntled Worker #3
Ian Bagg ... VTA - Disgruntled Worker #4

Tony Amendola ... Riot - Carl Jasper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carl Burrows ... Fireman (as Edward Burrows)

Craig DiFrancia ... Banker

Marshall Factora ... Striker
Dennis Karagovalis ... Congressional Aide

Cinda Lawrence ... VTA Worker

Kimberly Manion ... WPA Worker
Glenn Nocera ... Man on the street

Jeff Patterson ... Protestor

Alex Spencer ... Audience Member #1

Ben Van Bergen ... WPA Worker 2
Robert Aberdeen ... Congressional Aide (uncredited)

Dar Billingham ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Ed Brown ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Scott Charles ... Reporter (uncredited)

Peter Fernandez ... (voice) (uncredited)

Karen Lynn Gorney ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jenni Graham ... Protestor (uncredited)

Darryl Reuben Hall ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Marianne Hettinger ... Protestor (uncredited)

David LaRosa ... Audience Attendee (uncredited)

Lisa Lucas ... Protester (uncredited)
Michael J. Meyers ... Reporter (uncredited)

George F. Miller ... Reporter #1 at Table in Court (uncredited)
Mike Muldoon ... (uncredited)

Dan Paragon ... Banker (uncredited)
Andy Redmond ... Congressional Aide #1 (uncredited)

Tim Robbins ... Voice On Film Reel (voice) (uncredited)
Rocco ... Marcher (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wanda Sanders ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Scullin ... WPA Worker (uncredited)
Haile Selassie ... Himself (in pith helmet) (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Wilhelm ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Stephanie Lynn Wilson ... Demonstrator In Blu Dress With White Polka Dots (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tim Robbins 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tim Robbins (written by)

Produced by
Frank Beacham .... executive producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer
Allison R. Hebble .... associate producer
Jon Kilik .... producer
Louise Krakower .... executive producer
Allan F. Nicholls .... executive producer
Tim Robbins .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Escoffier 
 
Film Editing by
Geraldine Peroni 
 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Hoover 
Peter Rogness 
Troy Sizemore (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Debra Schutt 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Campbell .... makeup artist
Jane Choi .... additional assistant makeup artist
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist
Jerry DeCarlo .... hair stylist
Linda Grimes .... key makeup artist
Raul Hernandez .... hair stylist
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
Eva Polywka .... makeup artist
Peggy Schierholz .... hair designer
Taurance F. Williams .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Amy Herman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan F. Nicholls .... first assistant director
Susan Perlman .... assistant director
Danielle Rigby .... assistant director
Shea Rowan .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master
JoAnn Atwood .... on-set dresser
Mark Bachman .... sign designer
Frances Catalano .... best boy construction grip
Ann Edgeworth .... props
Gerard J. Furey .... shop craftsman
Sandy Hamilton .... assistant property master
Tina Khayat .... assistant to production designer
Steven E. Lawler .... construction foreman
Byron K. Lovelace .... props
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator
Mark Newell .... set dresser
Michael Parmelee .... set dresser
Peter Regnier .... swing gang
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist
Nell Stifel .... scenic artist
Dick Tice .... lead man
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist
M. Tony Trotta .... camera scenic artist
Karin Wiesel .... assistant set decorator
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Sarah Fredericks .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alexandra Mazur .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ajae Clearway .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound effects editor
Tod A. Maitland .... sound
Barry Malawski .... assistant adr editor
Tony Martinez .... dialogue editor
Jane McCulley .... supervising adr editor
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Warren Shaw .... supervising sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Michael Broughton .... stunt cop
Lisa Cain .... stunt cop 3
David Chirico .... stunt rider
James Del Monico .... stunt rider (as James Delmonico)
Kathy Dion .... stunt cop
Ken Haas .... stunt rider
Don Hewitt .... stunt cop
Donald John Hewitt .... stunt cop (as Don J. Hewitt)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Lamb .... stunt cop 1
Steve McAuliff .... stunt rider
Michael Pagan .... stunt rider
Charles Page .... stunt guard
Don Picard .... stunt cop
Michael Russo .... stunt cop 6 (as Mike Russo)
Keith Siglinger .... stunt cop 4
Derrick Simmons .... stunt cop 2
Manny Siverio .... stunt cop
Thomas J. Smith .... stunt rider
Brian Smyj .... stunt cop 5
Raymond H. Stein .... stunt rider
Jeff Butcher .... stunt double: Gilbert Cruz (uncredited)
Sandy Hamilton .... stunt double: Robert Hirschfeld (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Gregoire .... electrician
Petr Hlinomaz .... assistant chief lighting technician
Thomas Landi .... electrician
Scott Maguire .... assistant camera
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Jim McConkey .... camera operator
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
Jason Micallef .... lighting technician
Phil Oetiker .... additional camera operator
Craig Vaccaro .... key rigging grip
 
Casting Department
Jordan Beswick .... casting assistant
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana J. Collins .... set costumer
Lisa R. Frucht .... costume supervisor
Sheila Grover .... costumer (as Sheila Gentile)
Alix Hester .... assistant costume designer
Barrett Hong .... set costumer
Robert Pease .... set costumer
Monica Russell .... set costumer
Ajamu Walker .... wardrobe
Susan J. Wright .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Michael Anzalone .... set wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Y. Kwei .... additional editor
Misako Shimizu .... first assistant editor
Ian Silverstein .... second assistant editor
Neil A. Stelzner .... post-production assistant
V. Renee Taylor .... apprentice editor
Sara Thorson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
David Richard Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor (as David Campbell)
Gary Chester .... score engineer
Dan Lieberstein .... music editor
Bettie Ross .... supervising music copyist
Debra C. Victoroff .... assistant music editor
 
Transportation Department
Timothy Paustian .... driver
 
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Nadia Benamara .... assistant: Tim Robbins
Tyson Bidner .... location assistant
David Brotsky .... location assistant
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Jerry Carita .... production assistant
Kelley Cribben .... assistant to producers
Carey DePalma .... assistant location manager
Christine V. Desrochers .... assistant production coordinator
Anne Devereux .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Johnny Egan .... production assistant
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Samuel V. Franco .... production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Jessica Johnson Tavenner .... second assistant accountant (as Jessica Johnson)
Nicole Klett .... location assistant
Diana E. Latham .... production coordinator
Karen Mayen .... location assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Kellie Morrison .... location assistant
Andy Muller .... production assistant
Kip Myers .... production assistant
Jesse Nye .... production assistant
Caleb Omens .... production assistant
Cynthia Onrubia .... associate choreographer
Claudia Raschke .... operator
Demian Resnick .... location assistant
Peggy Robinson .... production assistant
Eddie Roche .... production assistant
Vernon Rodriquez .... parking assistant
Bettie Ross .... supervising copyist
Autumn Saville .... production assistant
Alan Semok .... consultant: ventriloquism
Jodi Shapera .... first assistant accountant
Dean M. Stephens .... location assistant (as Dean Stephens)
Todd Stockman .... consultant: ventriloquism
Bryan Thomas .... location manager
K.L. Connie Wang .... assistant: clearances (as Connie Wang)
Adam T. Weisinger .... production assistant
Tim Ballou .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Jay Geller .... metal work and welding (uncredited)
Steve Nuke .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rick Dior .... in memoriam
Samuel Fuller .... in memoriam (as Sam Fuller)
Steven Gorelick .... special thanks
Barton Heyman .... in memoriam
David W. Schoner Jr. .... thanks: New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission
 

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Rated R for some language and sexuality
Runtime:
132 min
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Cary Elwes and Angus Macfadyen would later act in the "Saw" series, as Doctor Gordon in "Saw" and Jeff Reinhart in Saws "3" and "4" respectively.See more »
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Anachronisms: 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.See more »
Quotes:
Sophie Silvano:It's a dangerous play you're in.
Aldo Silvano:It's a great role.
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Artsy, elegant manifesto with fascinating sub-plots and details., 1 August 2003
Author: silverzero from Dungarvan, Ireland

Based on the events that occurred in post Depression era New York in 1936, `The Cradle Will Rock' is a spectacular extravaganza of people, places, and most of all, cultures. Truly an exemplary take on the battle of radicals and corporates, art and politics when they could be united in a common bond. Thus, it is only suiting that such a film be directed by uber-liberalist Tim Robbins. This picture simply wouldn't have worked without him.

From an overhead point of view, this is the cinematic equivalent of a protest- a real bite on shady politics. But in actuality it is something far deeper, focusing on numerous interesting sub-plots and taking in everyone's point of view. The backdrop is the closing down of a theatrical play when it is accused of being communist. Throughout the 135 minutes, we take in all of the different `isms'- fascism, capitalism, communism, Nazism, Catholicism and Judaism. Not only does this require a passing knowledge on these people and events; one must have an interest in the proceedings to get the most out of it.

One reason why there have been some negative reviews is because people are confused as to why Diego Riviera, Margherreta Sarfatti etc. are in the story. I can explain. Rather like `Magnolia (which followed on totally dissimilar outlines), you have to read the sub-text. This is a movie about passion for art and music. Marc Blitzein, Hazel Huffman and Diego Riviera (and all connected) had a deep passion for their work that the authorities would soon destroy because of rules and regulations.

Interesting is the fact that all the characters are based on true life people, and Robbins has assembled a fine cast who give noteworthy performances all across the board. One of the hardest to portray has to be Orson Welles. It's a true fact that 21-year-olds from the 1930's look much older than those from the 90's. No one wanted to see James Van Der Beek/ Casper Van Dien in the role. Thus, Angus MacFadyen was a superb choice, portraying Welles as an egotistical, self-centred man. Equally impressive is Susan Sarandon (with an impeccable exotic accent) as a Jewish Fascist art dealer. She knows exactly what she's doing and highlights some of the best scenes. Other standouts include John Cusack's aristocratic Nelson Rockafeller and Cary Elwes' interpretation of flamboyant producer/ soon-to-be Oscar winner (`The Paper Chase'- 1973) John Houseman.

If there were a flaw, it would have to be the last 15-20 minutes. What, for the most part, is an illustrious, brilliant character study later dissipates into a shiny-smiley low glitz `Singin In the Rain' effort. Such a shame, because the film was doing so tremendously up until that point. Then of course, it is 135 minutes long so much of that final sequence could and should have been excised.

Nevertheless, if you can forgive that, you have a remarkable, audacious film on hand. `The Cradle Will Rock' truly is an overseen landmark in ensembles, biopics and interweaving. By far Robbins best movie yet, the sub-plots are equally impressive from Blitzstein's paranoid delusions to Constance La Grange's over-the-top characteristics. If you are in any way interested in fascism, communism etc. then don't miss this polished, spirited picture. My IMDb rating: 7.6/10.

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