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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2000 (USA)
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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Tim Robbins

Writer:

Tim Robbins

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 La Grange
Susan Sarandon ... Margherita Sarfatti
Jamey Sheridan ... John Adair
John Turturro ... Aldo Silvano
Emily Watson ... Olive Stanton
Bob Balaban ... Harry Hopkins
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abajo el telón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,998, 12 December 1999

Gross USA:

$2,903,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,986,932
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Mark the Music" is the title of a 1989 biography of Marc Blitzstein by Eric A. Gordon (St. Martin's Press, New York). Gordon says that the talented musician and composer was openly gay. After World War II, in which he served, Blitzstein lived for a time with a bisexual Army buddy. He was married for a short time to author Eva Goldbeck (1901-1936). In 1964, Blitzstein was murdered by three sailors he picked up in a bar in Martinique. He was 58 years old. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bertolt Brecht: But where are the artists? Artists are the worst whores of all!
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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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Referenced in The Division: Cradle Will Rock (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Clouds Will Soon Roll By
Performed by Elsie Carlisle (as Charles Carlisle)
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Robbins/Sarandon Manifesto
22 March 2003 | by Ken MSee all my reviews

This is a romantic look at 1930's liberalism, with a ham-handed script that pits the evil fascists against the enlightened intellectuals.

It tries to be a little of everything, and doesn't quite pull it off. It alternates from a comedy, to poignant vignettes of depression era poverty, to a musical, to farce, to political drama. I just felt Robbins couldn't make up his mind as what this film was supposed to be. I am guessing that most of it wound up on the cutting room floor, and maybe a longer film would have allowed some of these themes to develop more completely.

It has one of the largest casts I've ever seen. It seems everyone in Hollywood wanted to get in on this one.

The biggest problem I had with the film was that if you weren't one of the warmly-portrayed socialists, then you were either a simple minded right wing alarmist, or a big businessman in bed with the fascists.

One thing is clear - Robbins and Sarandon yearn for the days when being part of the far, far left was fashionable.


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