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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 10, 1999
• UK: 21 Apr 2000
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 16, 2000

Budget $32,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for some language and sexuality.

Running Time
2 hours, 12 minutes

Country USA

Studio Havoc, Touchstone Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Political, Buddies, True Story, Period Piece, Showbiz

Tagline: Art is never dangerous -- unless it tells the truth.

Plot: Writer-director Tim Robbins weaves together historical and fictional characters dealing with the relationship between politics and the arts and the fear of communism so prevalent in the first half of the 20th century. Set in New York City in the 1930s, the action is based around a pro-union musical, CRADLE WILL ROCK, written by Mark Blitzstein (Hank Azaria). A young Orson Welles (Angus MacFadyen), as part of the Federal Theater Project, is directing Blitzstein’s musical. This branch of the Works Progress Administration, established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and intended to provide jobs for unemployed Americans following the depression, and its director, Hallie Flanagan (Cherry Jones), come under fire in congressional hearings when communist influence is suspected. Politics, wealth, and the arts make strange bedfellows as fascist Margherita Sarfatti (Susan Sarandon) sells masterpieces to millionaires to fund Mussolini’s war effort, Nelson Rockefeller (John Cusack) commissions anti-capitalist artist Diego Rivera (Ruben Blades) to paint a mural, and Countess LaGrange (Vanessa Redgrave) becomes involved in the theater company’s hijinks. Ultimately, Robbins’s star-studded tour de force is a tribute to the courageous individuals who refused to be silenced by censorship.

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 Directed by
Tim Robbins
Dead Man Walking, The Shawshank Redemption, War of the Worlds
 Written by
Tim Robbins
The Shawshank Redemption, War of the Worlds, Top Gun
Hank Azaria
Heat, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Pretty Woman
Ruben Blades
Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Predator 2, The Devil's Own
Joan Cusack
Toy Story 2, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank
John Cusack
Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Stand by Me
Cary Elwes
The Princess Bride, Saw, Twister
Philip Baker Hall
Magnolia, The Insider, The Talented Mr. Ripley
Cherry Jones
Signs, The Village, Ocean's Twelve
 Music By
David Robbins
Dead Man Walking, Bob Roberts, Savior



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