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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:
... Marc Blitzstein
... Diego Rivera
... Hazel Huffman
... Nelson Rockefeller
... John Houseman
... Gray Mathers
... Hallie Flanagan
... Orson Welles
... Tommy Crickshaw
... Countess Constance La Grange
... Margherita Sarfatti
... John Adair
... Aldo Silvano
... Olive Stanton
... Harry Hopkins
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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

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1930s | theatre | depression | union | play | See All (52) »

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

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$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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Last film of Barnard Hughes. See more »

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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 »

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Security Guard: Mr Rivera, Mr Rockefeller has told us to give you your comission check. Your services are no longer required.
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This movie was inspired by actual events, but certain characters, organizations and events have been fictionalized. See more »

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References Camera Three: The Cradle Will Rock (1964) 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 Brilliant Depiction of the Universal Struggle of Artists
6 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Tim Robbins creates a brilliant social commentary in the same in-your-face style as "Bob Roberts". I adore the statements Robbins makes about social politics, as well as the problems with the idea of "art for art's sake". He lyrically tells the story of the struggle of performing and visual artists around the Depression era, choosing between their art and their livelihood--a struggle that is universal for artists through the expanse of time. The concept of this film is a breakthrough for the big screen, since Hollywood seems to be the capital of "selling out". The comments on artistic integrity are strong and literally moving in the acting of an amazing cast, as well as the way in which the story is edited to David Robbins' beautiful score. The entire film is simply poetic. This film is truly a masterpiece to any artist, or to anyone who knows what it like to compromise your values to survive.


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