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Hail, Caesar!

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

Summary

Comedy starring Josh Brolin and George Clooney. In the 1950s, a Hollywood fixer tasked with keeping the scandalous antics of studio stars out of the press has a manic 24-hours involving the kidnap of an actor and the pregnancy of an unmarried "mermaid".

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Review

A star rating of 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 bycinematographer 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
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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