Cradle Will Rock


2h 12m 1999

Brief Synopsis

The story of the staging of Marc Blitzstein's 1937 musical "The Cradle Will Rock", which the government placed an injunction against. The actors led the audience through New York to another venue and acted in the auditorium without props or costumes, just one action during the charged Depression-era

Film Details

Also Known As
Abajo el telón, Broadway 39eme Rue
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Washington, DC, USA; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 12m

Synopsis

The story of the staging of Marc Blitzstein's 1937 musical "The Cradle Will Rock", which the government placed an injunction against. The actors led the audience through New York to another venue and acted in the auditorium without props or costumes, just one action during the charged Depression-era in which Orson Welles and John Houseman's theatrical collaborations pushed artistic and political boundaries.

Cast

Susan Sarandon

Brian Powell

Kyle Gass

Dina Platias

David D'angeleo

Don Hewitt

David Costabile

Belinda Whitney-barratt

Performer

Thomas J Smith

Karen Milne

Performer

Leonardo Cimino

Gretchen Mol

Paul Giamatti

Peter Jacobson

Victoria Clark

Steve Mcauliff

Lee Arenberg

Manny Siverio

Robert Hirschfeld

Gilbert Cruz

Mino Cinelu

Performer

Patrick Husted

Karen Karlsrud

Performer

Carrie Preston

Tommy Allen

Gil Robbins

Michael Broughton

Bill Murray

Steven Skybell

Bobby Amore

Michele Pawk

Ned Bellamy

Pamela D Henry

Lisa Cain

Marla Schaffel

Erin Hill

Bob Balaban

Mike Russo

Kenneth Hitchcock

Cary Elwes

Charles Giordano

Henry Stram

Emma Smith Stevens

Scott Kuney

Performer

Evan Katz

Gerald Tarack

Performer

Corina Katt

Boris Mcgiver

Cherry Jones

Daniel H Jenkins

Ann Leathers

Performer

John Turturro

Brian Smyj

Elizabeth Lim

Performer

Michael Rivkin

Steven Tyler

Performer

Paul Dunkel

Performer

Jonathan Haas

Performer

Keith Siglinger

Adele Robbins

Gregg Edelman

Mary Robbins

John Carpenter

Tamika Jamison

Stephen Spinella

Dominic Chianese

Sarah Hyland

Brenda Pressley

Lynn Cohen

James Del Monico

Stephanie Roth Haberle

Chris Bauer

Kathy Dion

V.j. Foster

Angus Macfadyen

Todd Stockman

Hank Azaria

Emily Watson

Alison Tatlock

Patti Tippo

Kenneth Finn

Robert Ari

Edward James Hyland

Derrick Simmons

Alysia Zucker

Tony Amendola

Philip B. Hall

Dominic Cortese

Jennifer Lamb

Carolyn West

Chris Mckinney

Christophe Franzgrote

Performer

P.j. Brown

Albert Macklin

Brian Brophy

Jack Willis

Ruben Blades

John Cusack

Raymond M Stein

Jamey Sheridan

Sandy Hamilton

Jery Hewitt

Neil Blam

Performer

Keira Naughton

Charles Page

Joan Cusack

Timothy Jerome

Ken Haas

Jack Black

Audra Mcdonald

Taylor Stanley

William Duell

Barbara Sukowa

Robert Chausow

Performer

Harris Yulin

Jay Green

Vanessa Redgrave

Barnard Hughes

Christopher Talbott

Scott Sowers

Joyce Hammann

Performer

Allan Nicholls

Dale Stuckenbruck

Performer

Jeff Butcher

Don J Hewitt

Josie Whittlesey

Marcus Rojas

Performer

Matthew H Bennett

David Robbins

Performer

David Ratajczak

Claudia Hafer-tondi

Performer

Spanky Mchugh

David Chirico

Robert Carlson

Susan Bruce

Michael Pagan

Erik Friedlander

Performer

Susan Heimbinder

Don Picard

Ian Bagg

Jeff Kievit

Performer

Julie Green

Performer

Dick Tice

Lead Person

Sandra Lindquist

Crew

Sargent L Aborn

Special Thanks To

Jorge A Aguirre

Other

Douglas Aibel

Casting

Tom Allen

Property Master

Keisha Ames

Extras Casting Assistant

Geoffrey Ammer

Special Thanks To

James Archer

On-Set Dresser

Joann Atwood

On-Set Dresser

Oren Aviv

Special Thanks To

Joseph Baccari

Other

Frank Beacham

Executive Producer

Nadia Benamara

Assistant

Nancy Stears Bercaw

Special Thanks To

Jordan Beswick

Casting Associate

Peter Betulia

Key Grip

Michael Betzag

Best Boy Grip

Tyson Bidner

Location Assistant

Michael Bigger

Makeup

Andrew Wegman Bird

Soloist

Kevin Blake

On-Set Dresser

G Blanc

Song

Marc Blitzstein

Song

David Boulton

Adr

Jane Brawley

Special Thanks To

Conrad V Brink

On-Set Dresser

Jeffrey S Brink

On-Set Dresser

J. C. Brotherhood

Special Effects Coordinator

Dr. Lorraine Brown

Special Thanks To

Dale Brownell

Hair Stylist

Milton Buras

Hair Stylist

Eva Z. Cabrera

Script Supervisor

David Richard Campbell

Music Conductor

David Richard Campbell

Other

Lynn Campbell

Makeup Artist

Debbie Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Kelly Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Philip C. Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Patrice Canfield Longo

On-Set Dresser

Charles Carlisle

Song Performer

Christian Carmody

Assistant Camera Operator

Gary Chandler

Special Thanks To

Gary Chester

Music

Don Ciana

Color Timer

Ajae Clearway

Assistant Sound Editor

Sam Cohn

Special Thanks To

Mara Hade Connolly

Production Accountant

Dominic Cortese

Other

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Kelley Cribben

Post-Production Supervisor

Byron Crystal

Extras Agent/Coordinator

David D'angelo

Music

Paquito D'rivera

Soloist

Carey De Palma

Assistant Location Manager

Pierre Degeyter

Song

Mike Delaney

Gaffer

Ruth A. Deleon

On-Set Dresser

Christine V Desrochers

Assistant Production Coordinator

Lee Dichter

Rerecording

Maj. John Dickson

Special Thanks To

Rick Dior

Other

Christopher Dolan

Best Boy

Damien Donohue

Grip

Nicole Ducharme

Construction Coordinator

David Dumais

Costume Supervisor

Ann Edgeworth

Props Assistant

Rob Ellis

Song Performer

Jean Yves Escoffier

Song

Jean Yves Escoffier

Director Of Photography

Edgar Fairchild

Song

Fortunato Fdederico

Special Thanks To

Fortunata Federico

Special Thanks To

David Finck

Music

Joan Finlay

On-Set Dresser

Kenneth Finn

Other

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Other

Frank Fleming

Assistant Costume Designer

Sarah Fredericks

On-Set Dresser

Mitchell Frohman

Music

Lisa Frucht

Costume Supervisor

Sam Fuller

Other

Takako Furuya

Special Thanks To

Elaine Gartner

Post-Production Assistant

Michelle Gebert

Accountant

Gregg Getherall

Apprentice

Charles Giordano

Other

Elaine Goldsmith-thomas

Special Thanks To

Steven Gorelick

Special Thanks To

S Gotta

Song

Thomas Gould

Other

Gloria Grant

Makeup Artist

Frank Graziadei

Boom Operator

Scott Gregoire

Other

Linda Grimes

Makeup

Barbara Haase

Special Thanks To

Amy Habacker

Costumes

Juliet Haffner

Music

Juliet Haffner

Other

Sabrina A Hamady

Production Assistant

Sandy Hamilton

Assistant Property Master

Steven Hartman

Other

P.j. Harvey

Song Performer

Nadine Hasan

Special Thanks To

Allison Hebble

Associate Producer

Xavier Henselmann

Other

Amy Herman

Unit Production Manager

Alix Hester

Costumes

Barton Heyman

Other

Billy Hill

Song

Kenneth Hitchcock

Music

Petr Hlinomaz

Best Boy

Billie Holiday

Song

Barrett Hong

Costumes

Richard Hoover

Production Designer

Edith Horak

Music Arranger

Fran Ishi

Special Thanks To

Jessica Johnson

Accounting Assistant

John R Johnston

Art Department

Mae Joyce

Special Thanks To

Frank Kern

Foley Editor

Tina Khayat

Assistant

Jon Kilik

Producer

Bruce Kitzmeyer

Sound Effects Editor

Nicole Klett

Production Assistant

Linda Kordek

Special Thanks To

Louise Krakower

Executive Producer

David Kramer's Looping Group

Music

James Kwei

Editor

Iya Labunka

Special Thanks To

Tom Landi

Other

Brian Langman

Assistant Sound Editor

Diana Latham

Production Coordinator

Steven E Lawler

Foreman

David C. Lee

Photography

Dan Lieberstein

Music Editor

Brian Macdevitt

Lighting

Scott Maguire

Camera

Tod A Maitland

Sound Mixer

Barry Malawski

Adr Editor

Bobby Mancuso

Assistant Camera Operator

Rob Marshall

Choreographer

Tony Martinez

Dialogue Editor

Barbra Matis

Assistant Art Director

Jim Mcconkey

Camera Operator

Jane Mcculley

Adr Editor

Michael Mcdonald

Other

Robert Mcgavin

Rigging Gaffer

Kevin Mckenna

Video Playback

Rebecca Meis

On-Set Dresser

Sylvia Menno

Dialogue Editor

Michael Migliore

Music

Billy Miller

Key Grip

Tim Monich

Dialect Coach

Michael G. Mooradian

Production Assistant

Kellie Morrison

Location Assistant

David Moy

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music

Jim Murray

Rerecording Assistant

Kip Myers

Other

Ruth Myers

Costume Designer

Kenneth D Nelson

Construction Coordinator

Mark Newell

On-Set Dresser

Allan Nicholls

Assistant Director

Allan Nicholls

Executive Producer

Bill Nisselson

Special Thanks To

Adam Novich

Grip

Jesse Nye

Production Assistant

Obie O'brien

Special Thanks To

Andrea O'connor

Production Assistant

T. J. O'mara

Other

Cynthia Onrubia

Choreographer

Matthew Owens

Puppets Design

Jerry Ozcarlo

Hair Stylist

Eliza Paley

Sound Editor

Milton Pascal

Song

Dolores Olmedo Patino

Other

Jacqueline Payne

Hair Stylist

Susan Perlman

Assistant Director

Geraldine Peroni

Editor

Heidi Pieh

Production Assistant

Lydia Pilcher

Producer

Douglas Plasse

Production Assistant

Eva Polywka

Makeup Artist

Eugene Pottier

Song

Susan Juliet Pray

Other

Bruce Pross

Foley Editor

David Ratajczak

Music

Demian Resnick

Location Assistant

Kathryn M Richards

Researcher

Danielle Rigby

Assistant Director

Kurt Rimmel

Dolly Grip

David Robbins

Song

David Robbins

Music Supervisor

David Robbins

Music

David Robbins

Music Arranger

Tim Robbins

Screenplay

Tim Robbins

Producer

Tim Robbins

Song

Peggy Jean Robinson

Production Assistant

Eddie Roche

Production Assistant

Peter Rogness

Art Director

Film Details

Also Known As
Abajo el telón, Broadway 39eme Rue
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Washington, DC, USA; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 12m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 1999

Released in United States May 1999

Released in United States November 1999

Released in United States on Video May 16, 2000

Released in United States Winter December 8, 1999

Wide Release in United States January 21, 2000

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (in competition) May 12-23, 1999.

Shown at London Film Festival November 3-18, 1999.

Began shooting May 4, 1998.

Completed shooting July 31, 1998.

Havoc Inc is Tim Robbins' production company.

Marc Blitzstein's 1937 musical drama 'The Cradle Will Rock,' was planned to be performed by the WPA Theatre only to be cancelled by government bureaucrats who objected to its blatant attack on capitalism. But the play was performed by the cast, which included John Houseman and Orson Welles, in a nearby theater without scenery, costumes or props. Blitzstein played the score on a piano because the musicians' union would not disobey the injunction. The show was such a success that it eventually opened on Broadway as a Mercury Theater production.

Wide Release in United States January 21, 2000

Released in United States May 1999 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (in competition) May 12-23, 1999.)

Released in United States on Video May 16, 2000

Released in United States November 1999 (Shown at London Film Festival November 3-18, 1999.)

Released in United States Winter December 8, 1999

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 1999