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Hail, Caesar! (2016)
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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

  MOVIE HOUSE CONCESSIONS EPISODE #7
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Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, and Alden Ehrenreich

Hail, Caesar! Movie Summary

The film takes place over roughly 30 hours in 1951 during the time of the Red Scare. Eddie Mannix is a “fixer” at Capitol Pictures; working long days to keep his employees in line and the pictures rolling out on time.

His main star, Baird Whitlock, is kidnapped during the filming of a prestige picture called, “Hail, Caesar!” A group of communist writers called, “The Future,” is asking for a $100,000 ransom.

As Baird goes missing, Mannix must also find a husband for his unmarried, but pregnant, synchronized swimming starlet, DeeAnna Moran, but first, he casts his western film star, Hobie Doyle, in a dramatic speaking role. Doyle’s lack of acting ability coupled with a terribly strong southern accent causes drama of it’s own on the set.

During all this, Mannix is being heavily recruited by the devil himself for a lucrative and easy position at The Lockheed Corporation; a job that could net him billions of dollars in stock options. He has little time to really consider the job as gossip columnists, Thora and Thessaly Thacker, nip at him for a story.

Doyle’s director, Laurence Laurentz, cries to Mannix about Doyle, but Mannix shuts him down by ordering him to do his job and direct the young star. Later, Doyle, himself, talks to Mannix about his own concerns about being out of his acting comfort zone, but Manix convinces him that he’s doing a great job. During the conversation, Mannix reveals to Doyle that Whitlock has been kidnapped. Doyle, showing that he’s not so dumb, tells Mannix to look closely at the film’s extras who are the most likely source for the kidnappers.

Doyle is proven to be right, and it eventually leads Mannix to the communists. The communists are in league with Mannix’s other star, the singing and tapping sensation, Burt Gurney.

After the kidnapping, Gurney escapes, with his doggie, aboard a Russian submarine, and they head out to Moscow. The communist writers are arrested as Doyle drives Baird Whitlock home.

Mannix turns down the Lockheed position and continues on as the head of Capitol Pictures. Everyone gets what they deserve in the end.

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  • Eddie

    I think jona would love Barton Fink since she’s a writer.

    • Jonna Mastropasqua

      Jonna will have to check that one out! Thanks!

  • Eddie

    A bit surprised you all liked this so much. To me it’s minor Coen.

    • moviehousechris

      It’s one that’s grown on me after seeing it a number of times.

  • Eddie

    Hey Chris, have you seen Sullivan’s Travels? The coens got the title oh brother from the film within a film there. It’s a classic, one of the best comedies from the 40s. Maybe you and Lori can review for your new show.

    • moviehousechris

      I hadn’t heard of it. It looks good though! I will add it to the list.

      • Eddie

        Will there be a review of O Brother on MHM? Bit surprised no one has picked a Coen Brothers yet.

        • MHMChris

          IDK if O Brother will be on MHM. If not, it will be on Movie House Concessions…especially since it’s based on Homer’s Odyssey which is one of my favorite books.