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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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Tim Robbins

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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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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:

$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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The opening scene takes place in "Fall 1936", but the newsreel says Italian forces are "poised to invade" Ethiopia. The invasion actually took place in October 1935. See more »

Quotes

Congressman Starnes: You are quoting from this Marlowe. Is he a Communist?
Hallie Flanagan: I am very sorry. I was quoting from Christopher Marlowe.
Congressman Starnes: Tell us who Marlowe is, so we can get the proper reference, because that is all we want to do.
Hallie Flanagan: Put in the record that he was the greatest dramatist in the period immediately preceding Shakespeare.
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This film was edited on old fashioned machines. See more »


Soundtracks

Nickel under the foot
Written by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by PJ Harvey (as Polly Jean Harvey) with Bob Ellis
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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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