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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

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Marc Blitzstein
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Diego Rivera
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Hazel Huffman
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Nelson Rockefeller
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John Houseman
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Gray Mathers
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Hallie Flanagan
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Orson Welles
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Tommy Crickshaw
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Countess Constance La Grange
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Margherita Sarfatti
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John Adair
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Aldo Silvano
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Olive Stanton
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Harry Hopkins
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Sid
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Larry
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Carlo
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Frank Marvel
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Sophie Silvano
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Maxine Elliot's - Dulce Fox
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Maxine Elliot's - Sandra Mescal
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Maxine Elliot's - Will Geer
Timothy Jerome ...
Maxine Elliot's - Bert Weston
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Maxine Elliot's - Canada Lee / Rev. Salvation
Henry Stram ...
Maxine Elliot's - Hiram Sherman
Adele Robbins ...
Augusta Weissberger
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Abe Feder
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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
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Federal Theatre - Donald O'Hara
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Federal Theatre - Rose
Brian Brophy ...
Federal Theatre - Pierre de Rohan
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Federal Theatre - Beaver Man
Marla Schaffel ...
Federal Theatre - Beaver Woman
Dominic Cortese ...
Federal Theatre - Beaver Accordion Accompanist
John Carpenter ...
Power - William Randolph Hearst
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Marion Davies
Gil Robbins ...
Congressman Starnes
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Chairman Martin Dies
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Paul Edwards
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James
William Duell ...
Butler
Albert Macklin ...
Tailor
Scott Sowers ...
Reporter
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Reporter
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Silvano - Mama
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Silvano - Papa
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Silvano - Uncle
Evan Katz ...
Silvano - Joey
Alysia Zucker ...
Silvano - Chance
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Silvano - Giovanna
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Silvano - Marta (as Stephanie Roth)
Spanky McHugh ...
Vaudeville - Melvin
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Vaudeville - Puppeteer
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Vaudeville - Vaudeville Theatre Manager
Jay Green ...
Vaudeville - Plate Twirler
Carolyn West ...
Vaudeville - Assistant Plate Twirler
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Blitzstein - Bertolt Brecht
Susan Heimbeinder ...
Blitzstein - Eva Blitzstein
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Blitzstein - 'Joe Worker' Singer
Robert Ari ...
Blitzstein - Liberty Committee #1
Michele Pawk ...
Blitzstein - Liberty Committee #2
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Blitzstein - Dream Larry Foreman
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Blitzstein - Dream Cop
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Rockefeller Center - Aide
Jack Willis ...
Rockefeller Center - Lawyer
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Rockefeller Center - Mendez
Robert Hirschfeld ...
Rockefeller Center - Sol
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Rockefeller Center - Guard
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Rockefeller Center - Protester
Keira Naughton ...
Rockefeller Center - Protester
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Rockefeller Center - Claire
Tommy Allen ...
Rockefeller Center - Pete
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Rockefeller Center - Mendez Double
Sandy Hamilton ...
Rockefeller Center - Sol Double
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Diego - Frida Kahlo
Josie Whittlesey ...
Diego - Models
Sandra Lindquist ...
Diego - Models
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Diego - Models
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Opening - Worker in Theatre
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Opening - Man on Street
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VTA - Carpenter
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VTA - Man in Line
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VTA - Clerk
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VTA - Administrator
Mary Robbins ...
VTA - Disgruntled Worker #1
Chris Talbott ...
VTA - Disgruntled Worker #2 (as Christopher Talbott)
Susan Bruce ...
VTA - Disgruntled Worker #3
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VTA - Disgruntled Worker #4
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Riot - Carl Jasper
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Fireman (as Edward Burrows)
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Banker
Marshall Factora ...
Striker
Dennis Karagovalis ...
Congressional Aide
Cinda Lawrence ...
VTA Worker
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WPA Worker
Glenn Nocera ...
Man on the street
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Protestor
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Audience Member #1
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WPA Worker 2
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Congressional Aide (uncredited)
Angelis Alexandris ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
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Showgirl (uncredited)
Ed Brown ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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(uncredited) (voice)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Protestor (uncredited)
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Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Darryl Reuben Hall ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Protestor (uncredited)
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Audience Attendee (uncredited)
Michael J. Meyers ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter #1 at Table in Court (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Dan Paragon ...
Banker (uncredited)
Andy Redmond ...
Congressional Aide #1 (uncredited)
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Voice On Film Reel (uncredited) (voice)
Rocco ...
Marcher (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Wanda Sanders ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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WPA Worker (uncredited)
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Himself (in pith helmet) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
George Wilhelm ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Demonstrator In Blu Dress With White Polka Dots (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tim Robbins

Written by

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Tim Robbins ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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David Robbins

Cinematography by

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Jean-Yves Escoffier ... director of photography (as Jean Yves Escoffier)

Film Editing by

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Geraldine Peroni

Editorial Department

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Don Ciana ... color timer
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
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor

Casting By

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Douglas Aibel

Production Design by

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Richard Hoover

Art Direction by

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Richard Hoover
Peter Rogness
Troy Sizemore ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Debra Schutt

Costume Design by

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Ruth Myers

Makeup Department

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Michal Bigger ... Make-up Department Head
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
Adenike Wright ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Kelley Cribben ... post-production supervisor
Amy Herman ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Allan F. Nicholls ... first assistant director
Susan Perlman ... assistant director
Danielle Rigby ... assistant director
Shea Rowan ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Tommy Allen ... property master
JoAnn Atwood ... on-set dresser
Mark Bachman ... sign designer
Peter Betulia ... KEY CONSTRUCTION GRIP
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
Sara Morrow ... assistant set dresser
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 Holmes ... assistant set decorator (as Karin Wiesel)
Joan Winters ... graphic designer
Sarah Fredericks ... set dresser (uncredited)
Alexandra Mazur ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ajae Clearway ... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... sound effects editor
Brian Langman ... assistant sound 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
Jeffrey Stern ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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J.C. Brotherhood ... special effects coordinator

Stunts

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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

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Scott Gregoire ... electrician
Petr Hlinomaz ... assistant chief lighting technician
Thomas Landi ... electrician
Scott Maguire ... assistant camera
Jim McConkey ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Michael 'Flash' McDonald ... electrician
Kevin McKenna ... video assist operator
Jason A. Micallef ... lighting technician
Phil Oetiker ... additional camera operator
Craig Vaccaro ... key rigging grip

Casting Department

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Jordan Beswick ... casting assistant
Byron Crystal ... extras casting
David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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
Angielette Smith ... wardrobe assistant (as Angelielette Smith)
Ajamu Walker ... wardrobe
Susan J. Wright ... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Michael Anzalone ... set wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Tyson Bidner ... location assistant
David Brotsky ... location assistant
Carey DePalma ... assistant location manager
Nicole Klett ... location assistant
Karen Mayen ... location assistant
Kellie Morrison ... location assistant
Demian Resnick ... location assistant
Dean M. Stephens ... location assistant (as Dean Stephens)
Bryan Thomas ... location manager

Music Department

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David Campbell ... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
Gary Chester ... score engineer
Dan Lieberstein ... music editor
Bettie Ross ... supervising music copyist
Debra C. Victoroff ... assistant music editor
Don Welty ... music business and legal affairs

Transportation Department

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Timothy Paustian ... driver

Other crew

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Wendy Altman-Cohen ... principal eyewear
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer
Nadia Benamara ... assistant: Tim Robbins
Eva Z. Cabrera ... script supervisor
Jerry Carita ... production assistant
Kelley Cribben ... assistant to producers
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)
Diana E. Latham ... production coordinator
Steve Lee ... production assistant
Tim Monich ... dialect coach
Andy Muller ... production assistant
Kip Myers ... production assistant
Jesse Nye ... production assistant
Caleb Omens ... production assistant
Cynthia Onrubia ... associate choreographer
Claudia Raschke ... operator
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
Todd Stockman ... consultant: ventriloquism
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

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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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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines On 12.10.99, make history. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Broadway, 39ème rue (France)
  • Das schwankende Schiff (Germany)
  • Abajo el telón (Spain)
  • Oi antartes tou Broadway (Greece)
  • Οι αντάρτες του Broadway (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 132 min
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Box Office

Budget $32,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $93,998, 12 Dec 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia This film is based on actual events, though it takes liberties with the details. Marc Blitzstein's 1937 anti-capitalist operetta 'The Cradle Will Rock', about the effort to unionize steelworkers, was originally produced as part of the Federal Theatre Project. The Federal Theatre Project (1935-1939), in turn, was part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was created in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to employ people during the Great Depression. Directed by Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman, Cradle was shut down right before it was due to open because of "budget cuts" at the FTP. Everyone involved believed the government deliberately cut funding because the play's message offended its more conservative contingent; Actor's Equity prohibited its members from taking part, apparently oblivious to the fact that Cradle was a pro-union piece and Actor's Equity was - and is - a union. Welles, Housman and Blitzstein spontaneously rented another theater and planned to put on Cradle with Blitzstein himself singing/reading the piece; the show sold out and various actors defied Equity and performed their parts from the seats they'd bought. The secondary plot which involved Mexican painter Diego Rivera butting heads with Nelson Rockefeller when the mural the latter commissioned for a Rockefeller Center lobby on the high-minded subject of "human intelligence in control of the forces of nature" included a portrait of Lenin, is also based on fact, though it happened in 1933. The incident is also dramatized in the 2002 film Frida (2002). Tim Robbins included it because it tied into the theme of artistic integrity vs. economic practicality. See more »
Goofs Diego Rivera's mural in Rockefeller Center was destroyed in February of 1934. The unauthorized performance of "The Cradle Will Rock" took place on 16 June 1937. Hallie Flanagan testified before Congressman Dies' committee on 6 December 1938. For artistic effect, the film makes it seem that the three events occur simultaneously. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Man on the Moon/Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo/Cradle Will Rock/The Cider House Rules (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Let's Do Something See more »
Crazy Credits This movie was inspired by actual events, but certain characters, organizations and events have been fictionalized. See more »
Quotes John Houseman: As the producer, I can fire anybody I want, and I am fucking fired!
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