Cradle Will Rock (1999)

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A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.


6.8/10
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  • Susan Sarandon in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Joan Cusack in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Cherry Jones in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Angus Macfadyen in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Philip Baker Hall in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
  • Director Tim Robbins

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22 March 2003 | Ken M
Robbins/Sarandon Manifesto
This is a romantic look at 1930's liberalism, with a ham-handed script that pits the evil fascists against the enlightened intellectuals.

It tries to be a little of everything, and doesn't quite pull it off. It alternates from a comedy, to poignant vignettes of depression era poverty, to a musical, to farce, to political drama. I just felt Robbins couldn't make up his mind as what this film was supposed to be. I am guessing that most of it wound up on the cutting room floor, and maybe a longer film would have allowed some of these themes to develop more completely.

It has one of the largest casts I've ever seen. It seems everyone in Hollywood wanted to get in on this one.

The biggest problem I had with the film was that if you weren't one of the warmly-portrayed socialists, then you were either a simple minded right wing alarmist, or a big businessman in bed with the fascists.

One thing is clear - Robbins and Sarandon yearn for the days when being part of the far, far left was fashionable.

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