Cabin in the Sky (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Cabin in the Sky (1943)



Critic Consensus: Cabin in the Sky overcomes some questionable storytelling choices thanks to irresistible musical numbers and a brilliantly talented cast.

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Mortally shot at a crap game, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson gets a six-month Heavenly reprieve thanks to prayers from wife and True Believer Ethel Waters, but Rex Ingram's "Lucifer Jr." has a secret weapon in the ensuing battle for Anderson's soul: Lena Horne's sultry Sweet Georgia Brown. But Ethel proves to have "everything you've got and whole lot more." Minnelli's first major movie musical features some of the top African American talent of the day, including John Bubbles, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. But it's above all a showcase for top-billed Waters' enormous singing, dancing, comedy, and acting talents. -- (C) Film Forum

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Ethel Waters
as Petunia Jackson
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
as Little Joe Jackson
Lena Horne
as Georgia Brown
Louis Armstrong
as The Trumpeter
Rex Ingram
as Lucius/Lucifer Jr.
Kenneth Spencer
as Rev. Green, the General
Oscar Polk
as The Deacon/Flatfoot
Mantan Moreland
as First Idea Man
Willie Best
as Second Idea Man
Fletcher Rivers
as Third Idea Man, Moke
Leon James
as Fourth Idea Man, Poke
Ford L. Washington
as Messenger Boy
Ruby Dandridge
as Mrs. Kelso
Ernest Whitman
as Jim Henry
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Critic Reviews for Cabin in the Sky

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

Cabin In The Sky can feel a little claustrophobic and stage-bound, but it develops a jazzy, infectious rhythm (especially in its third act), and it's a rare treat to see so many supernovas of the black entertainment universe together in one movie.

February 22, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It was possible, even working against terrible odds, to achieve a level of art.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In only one of two moments, such as the stairway to heaven finale, is there any apparent effort to utilize the facilities of the camera. There are far too many closeups, particularly in the vocal numbers.

September 10, 2008 | Full Review…

The gorgeous dreamlike sets and consummate control of the fantastic atmosphere that imbues the story (an idle, poverty-stricken farmer dreams of being sent to Hell upon dying) are already well developed.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Cabin in the Sky is a bountiful entertainment.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

This all-black 1943 musical was Vincente Minnelli's first assignment as a director, and while he doesn't succeed in completely legitimizing it, evidence of his taste and talent is sprinkled throughout.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cabin in the Sky

If you like musicals and stories about heaven and hell, this film will be something to experience.

Linda K. T.
Linda K. T.

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