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Hail, Caesar!

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Ethan Coen
  • 101 mins
  • 12A

Summary

An executive in 1950s Hollywood is employed to bury scandals, solve problems and ensure everything goes to plan for the studio. In one fraught day, he has to contend with the kidnapping of the leading man from the set of an ancient Roman epic, a musical star's secret pregnancy, and a director who objects to having a miscast actor forced on him. The Coen brothers' comedy, starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Joel and Ethan Coen's unashamed screwball comedy is a dizzy hooray to Hollywood. Josh Brolin does great, stoic work as a studio fixer in 1950s Burbank whose headaches over a 24-hour period include the kidnapping of star performer George Clooney, a spat with highly strung English director Ralph Fiennes and the pregnancy of Scarlett Johansson's unmarried musical mermaid. In place of a cohesive plot we get a plate-spinning exercise, but a thrilling and frequently hilarious one. Aided by cinematographer Roger Deakins, costumier Mary Zophres and composer Carter Burwell, the Coens re-create the CinemaScope age before our very eyes, with pitch-perfect movie parodies, including two flawless dance routines, one led by a cheerily homoerotic Channing Tatum in a sailor suit. It may not have a lot to say - other than: hey, the movies are just swell - but it's all executed with true love.

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Credits

Cast

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Eddie MannixJosh Brolin
Baird WhitlockGeorge Clooney
Thora Thacker / Thessaly ThackerTilda Swinton
Laurence LaurentzRalph Fiennes
Burt GurneyChanning Tatum
DeeAnna MoranScarlett Johansson
Joe SilvermanJonah Hill
Hobie DoyleAlden Ehrenreich
CC CalhounFrances McDormand
Mrs MannixAlison Pill
GracchusClancy Brown
Communist writerDavid Krumholtz
Communist writerFisher Stevens
Arne SeslumChristopher Lambert
Professor MarcuseJohn Bluthal
Lurking extraWayne Knight
Cad in cabJack Huston
RabbiRobert Picardo
Woman in cabAgyness Deyn
Producer of <em>Hail, Caesar!</em>Robert Trebor
NarratorMichael Gambon

Crew

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DirectorEthan Coen
DirectorJoel Coen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2016-03-04
Language
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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