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Release Date: December 25th, 1999

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2000

R|2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary
As labor strikes break out throughout the country, New York is alive with cultural revolution. Nelson Rockefeller (John Cusack) commissions Mexican artist Diego Rivera (Ruben Blades) to paint the lobby of Rockefeller Center, while Italian propagandist Margherita Sarfatti (Susan Sarandon) sells Da Vincis to fund the Mussolini war effort.and Orson Welles (Angus Macfadyen) directs an infamous stage production of "The Cradle Will Rock," closed down on the eve of its opening by U.S. soldiers.

Cast: Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Cherry Jones, Angus Macfadyen

Director: Tim Robbins

Genres: Drama, Historical drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Cradle Productions, Inc., Havoc

Distributors: Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: 1930s, New York City, Underdog, Transformation, Passionate

Ratings & Reviews

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  • An ambitious effort that fails as satire and as history, although it probably succeeds as a cautionary tale.

  • Rock actually rocks out as one of the year's most purely entertaining movies (just keep thinking: Bill Murray as a ventriloquist).

  • Even if the great debate that pits artistic integrity against corporate compromise doesn't thrill you, see Cradle Will Rock anyway. It's marvelous, provocative entertainment; art for art's sake.

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