Cradle Will Rock

Cradle Will Rock

Director: Tim Robbins Cast: Hank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack

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Overview

The sometimes rocky relationship between art and politics in America in the 1930s -- as well as the gulf between the wealthy and the struggling -- sets the stage for Tim Robbins' ambitious comedy-drama Cradle Will Rock. Pulling together a variety of threads from actual events, Robbins examines the lives and ambitions of a variety of creative mavericks and figures of power. Orson Welles (Angus Macfadyen) and John Houseman (Cary Elwes) are working with Marc Bliztstein (Hank Azaria) to stage the latter's leftist musical "The Cradle Will Rock" for the WPA-funded Federal Theater Project. After Congress cuts funding for the embattled Federal Theater over the perceived leftist slant of their presentations, the project is canceled on the day of its premier. Welles and his cast respond by marching 21 blocks from the theater where the show was to open to another venue where, in deference to Actors Equity regulations, they perform the entire show from the audience. A member of Welles' cast, Aldo Silvano (John Turturro), is a dedicated actor from Italy who is trying to resolve his attitudes about his family, who loyally support Mussolini, to Silvano's disgust. Meanwhile, El Duce's former mistress, Margherita Sarfatti (Susan Sarandon), is consorting with industrial tycoon Gray Mathers (Philip Baker Hall) -- whose wife, Contesse LaGrange (Vanessa Redgrave) is a friend and supporter of Welles' project. Elsewhere, Nelson Rockefeller (John Cusack) has hired expatriot Mexican artist Diego Rivera (Ruben Blades) to create a mural for his projected Rockefeller Center, but the two are soon locking horns over their different views on art, politics and the work at hand. And a ventriloquist fallen on hard times, Tommy Crickshaw (Bill Murray), finds himself trying to teach both comedy and speaking without lip movements to a pair of would-be performers at a WPA-backed vaudeville house. William Randolph Hearst (John Carpenter), Marion Davies (Gretchen Mol), Frida Kahlo (Corina Katt), and Olive Stanton (Emily Watson) are also woven into the tapestry of this historical epic, which premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2018
UPC: 0738329230579
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 47,307

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Tim Robbins; Production Featurette; KLSC Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hank Azaria Marc Blitzstein
Rubén Blades Diego Rivera
Joan Cusack Hazel Huffman
John Cusack Nelson Rockefeller
Cary Elwes John Houseman
Cherry Jones Hallie Flanagan
Angus MacFadyen Orson Welles
Philip Baker Hall Gray Mathers
Bill Murray Crickshaw, Tommy
Vanessa Redgrave Countess LaGrange
Susan Sarandon Margherita Sarfatti
Jamey Sheridan John Adair
John Turturro Aldo Silvano
Emily Watson Olive Stanton
Bob Balaban Harry Hopkins
Jack Black Sid
Kyle Gass Larry
Paul Giamatti Carlo
Barnard Hughes Frank Marvel
Barbara Sukowa Sophie Silvano
John Carpenter William Randolph Hearst
Gretchen Mol Marion Davies
Harris Yulin Chairman Martin Dies
Gil Robbins Congressman Starnes
Corina Katt Frida Kahlo

Technical Credits
Tim Robbins Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Frank Beacham Executive Producer
Gary Chester Sound Mixer
Jean-Yves Escoffier Cinematographer
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Jon Kilik Producer
Louise Krakower Executive Producer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Nicholls Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Geraldine Peroni Editor
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
David Robbins Score Composer
Peter Rogers Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cradle Will Rock
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [12:39]
2. Chapter 2 [14:34]
3. Chapter 3 [17:23]
4. Chapter 4 [16:45]
5. Chapter 5 [17:36]
6. Chapter 6 [17:21]
7. Chapter 7 [12:42]
8. Chapter 8 [25:17]
9. Chapter 9 [:00]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [8:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [2:17]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [2:24]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [1:43]

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Cradle Will Rock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like powerful moving movies this is one to get. I loved it because again I love john cusack and he is great in this movie but even though he is in it for a short time. It¿s a great part. All the actors are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago