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• USA: Dec 10, 1999
• UK: 21 Apr 2000
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 16, 2000
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Rated R for some language and sexuality.
2 hours, 12 minutes
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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