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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Four-time Oscar (R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

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Josh Brolin
as Eddie Mannix
George Clooney
as Baird Whitlock
Tilda Swinton
as Thora Thacker
Ralph Fiennes
as Laurence Lorenz
Jonah Hill
as Joseph Silverman
Frances McDormand
as C.C. Calhoun
Channing Tatum
as Burt Gurney
Scarlett Johansson
as DeeAnna Moran
Alden Ehrenreich
as Hobie Doyle
Christopher Lambert
as Arne Slessum
Veronica Osorio
as Joe Silverman
Heather Goldenhersh
as Natalie (Secretary)
Alison Pill
as Mrs. Mannix
Max Baker
as Head Communist Writer
Fisher Stevens
as Communist Writer
Patrick Fischler
as Communist Writer
Tom Musgrave
as Communist Writer
David Krumholtz
as Communist Writer
Greg Baldwin
as Communist Writer
Patrick Carroll
as Communist Writer
Fred Melamed
as Communist Writer
John Bluthal
as Professor Marcuse
Alex Karpovsky
as Mr. Smitrovich
Aramazd Stepanian
as Eastern Orthodox Clergyman
Allan Havey
as Protestant Clergyman
Robert Pike Daniel
as Catholic Clergyman
Ian Blackman
as Cuddahy
Geoffrey Cantor
as Sid Siegelstein
Robert Trebor
as Producer of "Hail, Caesar!"
Michael Yama
as Chinese Restaurant Maitre'd
Ming Zhao
as Chinese Restaurant Waitress
Basil Hoffman
as Stu Schwartz, Accounting
Ralph P. Martin
as Director of Action Western
James Austin Johnson
as Studio Assistant at Action Western
Noah Baron
as Water Ballet P.A.
Timm Perry
as Stage 8 Man at the Door
Noel Conlon
as Scotty at the Gate
Natasha Bassett
as Gloria DeLamour
Richard Abraham
as French Postcard Photographer
Jon Daly
as Cops at French Postcard House
Dennis Cockrum
as Cops at French Postcard House
Clancy Brown
as Gracchus (In The Epic, "Hail, Caesar!")
Mather Zickel
as Chunk Mulligan
Clement von Franckenstein
as Senator Sestimus Amydias
Wayne Knight
as Lurking Extra
Kyle Bornheimer
as Extras A.D.
Jeff Lewis
as Lurking Extra
Josh Cooke
as Box Breakfast A.D.
Peter Jason
as Director
Stephen Ellis
as Clapper Boy
Jillian Armenante
as Script Girl
Jacob Witkin
as Saul of Tarsus
Jack Huston
as Cad in Cab
Agyness Deyn
as Woman in Cab
Benjamin Beatty
as Clapper Boy
Caitlin Muelder
as Cookhouse Woman
E.E. Bell
as Bartender
Kate Morgan Chadwick
as Departing Woman
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Critic Reviews for Hail, Caesar!

All Critics (346) | Top Critics (55)

  • It's not encumbered with significance, but richly affectionate and very entertaining. Hail, Caesar! is something to be greeted as a gorgeous exercise in style.

    Mar 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Hail, Caesar! is that rare beast: a feel-good Coen brothers film. It feels very good indeed.

    Feb 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Every new scene is a surprising delight in what, at the time, appearing as a sunny, screwball satire pinpointing the moment where the Hollywood production line was starting to clank and creak.

    Feb 22, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Their latest, Hail, Caesar!, is their giddiest comedy to date, but it's also hit-and-miss within itself.

    Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Coen brothers' new comedy isn't quite an homage to 1950s Hollywood, but it's not a spoof of it either -- it strikes that tone of crisp drollness that's their specialty and that some people misread as aloofness or contempt. But it's not.

    Feb 12, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This is fairly amusing if you can get past the Coens' erasure of the anticommunist witch hunts, which destroyed hundreds of lives.

    Feb 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hail, Caesar!

  • 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!
    Ed K 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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