Hail, Caesar!

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Packed with period detail and perfectly cast, Hail, Caesar! finds the Coen brothers delivering an agreeably lightweight love letter to post-war Hollywood.

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In the early 1950s, Eddie Mannix is busy at work trying to solve all the problems of the actors and filmmakers at Capitol Pictures. His latest assignments involve a disgruntled director, a singing cowboy, a beautiful swimmer and a handsome dancer. As if all this wasn't enough, Mannix faces his biggest challenge when Baird Whitlock gets kidnapped while in costume for the swords-and-sandals epic "Hail, Caesar!" If the studio doesn't pay $100,000, it's the end of the line for the movie star.

Cast & Crew

Josh Brolin
Eddie Mannix
George Clooney
Baird Whitlock
Ralph Fiennes
Laurence Laurentz
Tilda Swinton
Thora Thacker, Thessaly Thacker
Jonah Hill
Joe Silverman
Veronica Osorio
Carlotta Valdez
Joel Coen
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Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Producer
Tim Bevan
Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
Roger Deakins
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Critic Reviews for Hail, Caesar!

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  • Nov 12, 2017
    Few directors have a track record as hit and miss as the Coen brothers. For every masterpiece they also deliver a real stinker. This one is probably supposed to be a mockery of the vanity during Hollywood's Golden Age. Considering all the acting talent combined here it's a gigantic shame how little the script has to offer. The plot would fit on a stamp but is dragged out by pointless scenes, encounters and musical numbers. There is no punch line, no twist, no real resolution. The Coen's probably found that hilarious, there have been films where this worked in their favor. This is not one of them.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2016
    more entertaining than I thought it'd be!
    Boom C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2016
    I am a fan of the Cohen Brothers, but I will not lay laurels at the feet of a movie simply because it bears their name. Hail, Caesar! is not one of their better efforts. Unrelated: I also wonder why they felt it necessary to hide the fact that they were making a faith-based film in the trailers.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2016
    From the Coen brothers comes the quirky, lighthearted satire Hail, Caesar! The story follows a 1950s movie studio exec as he attempts to keep several films on track while handling a number of problems that arise, including a kidnapped leading man, an unwed starlet who's pregnant, and a pair of twin investigative reporters snooping around the studio lot. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum, the film features an impressive cast; their performances however, are rather lackluster. Also, the storytelling is weak and does a poor job at balancing the various character subplots. Still, the comedy is fairly well-written and has the typical Coen brothers flare that has come to be expected from their films. It has its problems, but overall Hail, Caesar! is an entertaining comedy.
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