Cradle Will Rock

Starring: John Cusack, Philip Baker Hall, Hank Azaria, Joan Cusack, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Cary Elwes, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Produced by: Touchstone Pictures

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Genre: drama

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Review by hughjtoad Date seen: February 5, 2000
Viewing Location: Palo Alto, CA Grade: A+
Summary: this movie rocks
About the production in the 1930s of "The Cradle Will Rock", which was directed by Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman. During the original red-baiting hearings, the Federal Theater Project has to defend itself against charges it is a 'red' organization. In the meantime, one of its projects, The Cradle Will Rock, is about the glory of unions and the evils of capitalism. The movie is about the production of the play and the attempts to try to save its opening night despite the govt pulling the plug. There's also a side story about a young Nelson Rockefeller commissioning Diego Rivera to paint his lobby. I spent large parts of this movie staring unblinking at the screen with my mouth open - to say the least, I found it engaging. It is also funny, pathetic and powerful. See it in the theater.  

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