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
The Lockheed recruiter tells Eddie the Bikini Atoll test occurred three weeks earlier, which places the movie in March 1954, but the "copyright notice" shown in one of the pictures includes the Roman numeral for 1951. See more »
The opening credits to Hobie's Western movie-within-a-movie that he attends with Carlotta state that it is filmed in VistaVision. But VistaVision was not introduced until 1954, and the events in "Hail, Caesar" itself apparently take place in 1951, according to the date listed on some literature shown at the secret Communist meeting, and according to the comment made by a studio executive that television was just beginning to catch on with the American public (true in 1951, already an established fact in 1954). See more »
Here at Capitol Pictures, as you know, an army of technicians, actors, and top notch artistic people are working hard to bring to the screen the story of the Christ. It's a swell story.
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The movie's title "Hail, Caesar!" appears onscreen as the title of the biblical epic that Eddie is watching in dailies. See more »
This is another classic example of never judging a movie from its trailer. The trailer was so good and showed a lot of promise but the movie turned out to be a damp squib. The Coen brothers who have written some classics in the past seem to have an off day. There is so much potential in the story about the movie business in the 50s but too many characters and side plots ruin the film. There is a small bit of history added in about Communists in US in 1950s but that twist looks lame because the story is dull. Perhaps, the Coen brothers should take some inspiration from Tarantino who specialises in making films with multiple characters and side plots. What also made me upset is the Coens waste the talent of multiple actors starting from Clooney, Johansson, Fiennes, Hill, Mcdormand & Swinton who is a double role. They have all interesting characters but never remain sort of caricatures because of the poor writing. And finally coming to Josh Brolin. Brolin is an under rated actor as per me. In the only well written role of a studio fixer Mannix, Brolin gives us performance I could easily relate to. A hard working family man who tries to keep everyone happy and run the studio yet is disturbed and looking for inner peace. A nice performance and I hope in the future Brolin gets similar well written roles in better written movies.
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