Cradle Will Rock 1999

Cradle Will Rock

Critics Consensus

Witty and provocative.

64%

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Total Count: 72

71%

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User Ratings: 6,939

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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 & Crew

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
Bill Murray
Tommy Crickshaw
Vanessa Redgrave
Countess LaGrange
Tim Robbins
Writer (Screenplay)
Jon Kilik
Producer
Louise Krakower
Executive Producer
Frank Beacham
Executive Producer
Allan F. Nicholls
Executive Producer
Allison R. Hebble
Associate Producer
Jean-Yves Escoffier
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Critic Reviews for Cradle Will Rock

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (26)

Audience Reviews for Cradle Will Rock

  • Apr 15, 2016
    In a word: "Disgusting". Not only is this film radically Marxist (even the Depression-era unions and FDR are depicted as selling out the workers as they march toward revolution!), but it's the most anti-Semitic film I ever recall seeing from a modern Hollywood production. Although the film's central hero, Marc Blitzstein, was of Jewish heritage as a matter of historical fact, that aspect of his heritage is never mentioned. The only references to Jews in "Cradle Will Rock" are a few gratuitous (i.e., completely unnecessary) mentions of Jews as friends of the lucripetous, rich characters and as friends of fascists, and in the person of Sarandon's character -- a sycophantic Jewish woman enamored with Mussolini who helps plunder Italy's cultural heritage (literally for bags of American cash!) and who implores Diego Rivera to compromise his art and Marxist ideology for Rockefeller cash. The apparent suggestion in "Cradle Will Rock" that Jews were complicit in their own persecution in the 1930's for the sake of money is disgusting, morally repugnant and wholly unworthy of the talent involved in this project. I am absolutely shocked and appalled at this film. Although I agree that the production values were better than average and the impressive all-star cast's acting was better than average (Caution: Sarandon's Italian accent and persona were of surprisingly low, street busking quality!), the film's radical Marxist and anti-Semitic messaging leave little option other than an extremely low score. Recommendation: Skip "Cradle Will Rock" unless you're a Marxist or neo-Nazi.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    I would have appreciated a measure of subtlety at some point, as there are moments of "symbolism" that reach laughable proportions with their obviousness. However, since this film still pretty successfully deals with the political and social power of theatre (which is a notion that is very dear to me) I still enjoy the film for the simple fact that it so strongly appeals to my own sensibilities and biases.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    to slow and drawn out. well acted but tough going
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2008
    Huge cast made it fun to watch, along with the 30's atmosphere. Yet another example of how John and Joan Cusack cannot be apart in movies (much to my dismay). I had no idea the 30's had so much anti communist attacks. A neat piece of history. I especially liked Diego's painting.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer

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