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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2000 (USA)
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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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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Art is never dangerous -- unless it tells the truth. See more »

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Drama

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

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Abajo el telón  »

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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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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Tim Robbins, Vanessa Redgrave and Susan Sarandon; and five Oscar nominees: Bob Balaban, Joan Cusack, Bill Murray, Emily Watson and Paul Giamatti. See more »

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When Italy invaded, Ethiopia was still known as Abyssinia See more »

Quotes

John Houseman: I've always said the play would be better on a bare stage.
Orson Welles: Actually, Hallie said that.
John Houseman: No, I said it first.
Orson Welles: No you didn't.
John Houseman: Yes I did.
Orson Welles: No, you didn't!
John Houseman: Yes, I did!
Orson Welles: No, you DIDN'T!
John Houseman: Yes, I BLOODY WELL DID!
Orson Welles: Oh, *fine*, Jack! You win, you've got the biggest creative dick, okay?
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This film was edited on old fashioned machines. See more »


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The Clouds Will Soon Roll By
Performed by Charles Carlisle
Written by Harry Woods, Billy Hill
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Deserves more praise than it gets
29 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This may suffer from having a few too many plot lines and characters (Emily Watson, for example, is a role too far), but most of what's there is excellent. Bill Murray is as good as he has been recently in Rushmore and Lost in Translation, and the Cusacks are at their best. This is a film that lingers with you after you've seen it, and gives a fascinating insight into a turbulent time.


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