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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 5 February 2016 (USA)
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A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.

Directors:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Eddie Mannix
George Clooney ... Baird Whitlock
Alden Ehrenreich ... Hobie Doyle
Ralph Fiennes ... Laurence Laurentz
Scarlett Johansson ... DeeAnna Moran
Tilda Swinton ... Thora Thacker / Thessaly Thacker
Channing Tatum ... Burt Gurney
Frances McDormand ... C.C. Calhoun
Jonah Hill ... Joe Silverman
Veronica Osorio ... Carlotta Valdez
Heather Goldenhersh ... Natalie - Secretary
Alison Pill ... Mrs. Mannix
Max Baker ... Head Communist Writer
Fisher Stevens ... Communist Writer
Patrick Fischler ... Communist Writer
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Storyline

Hail Caesar! Follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix. Written by Warren D'Souza

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lights. Camera. Abduction.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hail, Caesar! A Tale of The Christ See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,355,225, 7 February 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,080,225, 26 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,429,013, 29 April 2016
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Apart from a silhouette, Dolph Lundgren's part has been cut for time reasons (said Ethan Coen at the Berlin Film Festival). See more »

Goofs

Mannix's much-loved wristwatch is often-looked upon and is octagon-shaped in close-ups, but in long shots, the actor is wearing a rectangle-shaped watch. See more »

Quotes

Natalie - Secretary: Check! Thessaly Thacker called, said you promised her an interview with Baird today. Check that, it was Thora Thacker.
Eddie Mannix: No, it was Thessaly. Tell her he was at the doctor longer than expected and she can see him on the set bright and early tomorrow.
Natalie - Secretary: Check! And is that last part true?
Eddie Mannix: Let's hope so.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits there is a disclaimer that reads "This motion picture contains no visual depiction of the godhead." See more »

Connections

Features The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Merry Widow Waltz (Ballsirenenwalzer)
Written by Franz Lehár
Performed by Richard Hayman Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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A Day in the Life
6 February 2016 | by Mister8tchSee all my reviews

Lots of disappointing comments about how this movie does not live up to the Coen Brothers "standard" (I guess that means laugh-out-loud), is full of stars who get fleeting screen time, has no plot to speak of, no great villain or other dramatic concoction to keep up glued to our seats, etc., etc.

What it is is a funny "day in the life" story of the guy (Eddie Mannix--superbly played by Josh Brolin) who has to keep some kind of lid on the craziness that is the studio system of the late 40's/early 50's. Looked at from that character perspective, this is an examination of one man's struggle not only with the insanity of his star stable (Clooney/Johansson/Ehrenreich), but with the question the movie actually revolves around--will Eddie decide to stay, or will he go to Lockheed, who have offered him a job that will make him more money and get him home on time for dinner. The confessional scenes that bookend this movie allow us a fuller glimpse into why Eddie does what he does.

Brolin allows us to feel the conflict Eddie is experiencing, amidst the ever rising chaos around him (from a kidnapping, to a possible paternity suit, to having a cowboy actor take over the part in a drawing room comedy), to discover he actually likes what he does, and actually finds a sense of personal worth in handling the ever-escalating mess that is constantly pressing on him from all sides.

Brolin's performance is so tight, so controlled and so real, that he is able to carry that storyline with great vigor and compassion. The rest of the lunacy, from the underwater Ester Williams scenes, to the Gene Kelly dance spoof, to the cowboy (Ehrenreich absolutely adorable and on point) and Carmen Miranda get together, simply provides the backdrop. You don't need to know any of the Hollywood history to appreciate this film, other than to know that a good portion of movies, at that time, were not pot-boiling epics, or racy, foul-mouthed satires, but rather quiet movies about individual struggle. Brolin keeps that focus throughout this film, making the ending, just like the movies of the past, a very happy one.

A very pleasant, clever, and funny effort from the Brothers. Yes, a send-off, Valentine, if you will. I can see where people who have enshrined Lebowski as the litmus test for all Coen comedy movies moving forward would be disappointed. Fact is, the Brothers can play more than one note.


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