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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 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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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | 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

Gross USA:

$30,498,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,647,656
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dolph Lundgren has an uncredited (initially much longer and almost entirely deleted) cameo as the submarine captain. Lundgren said that he was very honored to play the part, having never expected to be asked for a film directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. See more »

Goofs

At one point, the narrator refers to the area depicted during the Roman legion marches as "Palestine". It was known as "Judea" in the First Century C.E. It didn't acquire the name "Palestina" until the Second Century C.E., under the Roman emperor Hadrian. This may be intentional on the part of the Coen Brothers, to show how sloppy the film-making *in* the film was. See more »

Quotes

Baird Whitlock: Hobie Doyle?... You're a Communist too?
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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

References Singin' in the Rain (1952) 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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Not a film for the average viewer.
6 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was very surprised how quickly "Hail, Caesar" was in and out of the theaters...but now after seeing the film, I can completely understand why. It was as if the Coen Brothers simply said "let's do a film for ourselves...who cares whether or not the public enjoys it or not!". I appreciated it myself...but I am also not the average film-goer. As for the average viewer, the film makes allusions to many events in the history of Hollywood...but if you aren't aware of these events or rumors, you'll not understand or appreciate much of the film.

The story is based SLIGHT on the life of Eddie Mannix--a motion picture exec who was known as a 'fixer'--a guy who knew how to make bad problems do away...and with the bad behavior of many of the stars, this was an exhausting job. The story seems to be just a slice out of Eddie's life--possibly not the worst time as a fixer but a busy one. Through the course of the film, several problems arise--such as a pregnant single starlet and an actor of dabbles in communism. In each case, Mannix has to get to work to be sure the public never knows...and you see how exhausting this job is.

If you are looking for big laughs, you won't see them. There are a few small ones...just a few. Instead, it's more like a time machine trip to the early 1950s and you are that fly on the wall watching these Hollywood types as they go about their lives and doing stupid things. I do NOT strongly recommend the film but only mildly...and only if you are a real fan of the films of yesteryear AND are aware of the misbehaviors of some of our stars...or alleged misbehaviors.


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