Cradle Will Rock
First screened in December 1999 / Most recently screened in May 2020
Director: Tim Robbins. Cast: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Cherry Jones, Hank Azaria, Angus Macfadyen, Cary Elwes, Joan Cusack, Bill Murray, John Cusack, Rubén Blades, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Giamatti, Jamey Sheridan, Victoria Clark, Chris McKinney, Erin Hill, Daniel Jenkins, Timothy Jerome, Henry Stram, Adele Robbins, Barnard Hughes, Barbara Sukowa, Harris Yulin, Corina Katt Ayala, Bob Balaban, Brenda Pressly, Stephen Spinella, Brian Brophy, Jack Black, Kyle Gass, David Costabile, Marla Schaffel, Ned Bellamy, John Carpenter, Gretchen Mol. Screenplay: Tim Robbins.

Twitter Capsule: Bouncy Federal Theatre Project epic summons more oomph as it goes but takes fewer risks than art it commemorates.

Second Capsule: The overbright look of the film and blunt approach to character are mixed bags, but seem inspired by Rivera's murals and Blitzstein's music.

VOR:   With a canvas this huge, some figures, plots, and performances are bound to outshine others. Ratio of hits to misses here stays pretty high.

Photo © 1999 Touchstone Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

(in December 1999: C+)

National Board of Review: Special Achievement in Filmmaking (Robbins)

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