Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  24 February 1968 (Sweden)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 5,783 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 54 critic

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video

3 wins. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Monterey Pop (1968)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Documentary | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
Woodstock (1970)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey
Documentary | Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Documentary on Otis Redding's performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Otis Redding, Booker T. & the M.G.s, Steve Cropper
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy ... See full summary »

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder
Salesman (1968)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purp;e Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing."

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, John Mitchell
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

Director: Jeff Stein
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, John Entwistle
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judus" tour of the UK.

Director: Bob Dylan
Stars: Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This epic is a mass amalgamation of three separate film-types that is, contrary to popular opinion, coherent and a unified whole. Bob Dylan is shown in concert, often masked, during the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Dylan
Stars: Bob Dylan, Sara Dylan, Joan Baez


Credited cast:
Albert Grossman ...
Bob Neuwirth ...
Alan Price ...
Tito Burns ...
Derroll Adams ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Alk ...
Jones Alk ...


Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan, 23, a pixyish troubador, spends three weeks in England. Pennebaker's camera follows him from airport to hall, from hotel room to public house, from conversation to concert. Joan Baez and Donovan, among others, are on hand. It's the period when Dylan is shifting from acoustic to electric, a transition that not all fans, including Baez, applaud. From the opening sequence of Dylan holding up words to the soundtrack's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Dylan is playful and enigmatic. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Documentary | Music


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

24 February 1968 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Back  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Several scenes in "Don't Look Back" were parodied, shot for shot, in Tim Robbins' film "Bob Roberts". These include the "Wife of the Sheriff of Nottingham" scene, and the segment in which Joan Baez is singing "Percy's Song" while Dylan composes on a typewriter in the background. In "Bob Roberts", Tim Robbin's is updating his investment portfolio on his computer while his lover sings about "Marching For Ourselves". Other unmistakable references include the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" parody and the motorcycle "accident". See more »


Bob Dylan: Keep a good head and always carry a light bulb.
See more »


Featured in Look Back, Don't Look Back (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

DON'T LOOK BACK (D.A. Pennebaker, 1967) ***1/2
5 June 2011 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This celebrated documentary chronicles Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of the United Kingdom in which he still plays a solo acoustic folk set; in fact, it takes care to touch briefly on his beginnings as a troubadour in Greenwich Village and socio-political gatherings. Even so, the film starts out with a pre-credits sequence showing in its entirety the iconic video of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" which, of course, features famed beatnik writer Allen Ginsberg as a bemused onlooker. The song had been the opener of his ground-breaking album "Bringing It All Back Home" (although it was also known in some quarters by the name of the song itself) which signalled in no uncertain terms his change of pace in musical direction via a total embrace of the electric sound of Rock music.

Although Dylan went to England just as Beatlemania had peaked, he does not get to meet them here although the band are announced as being in the audience of one of his concerts; incidentally, his notoriously hazy meeting with John Lennon in a taxicab would be ever so briefly captured for posterity in Dylan's own ragged follow-up film, EAT THE DOCUMENT (1972) which, while also shot by Pennebaker the following year, was compiled by Dylan himself and one Howard Alk (who is his right hand-man throughout DON'T LOOK BACK itself). Indeed, Dylan – who is accompanied by his heavy-set bespectacled manager Albert Grossman and fellow folk icon Joan Baez – is here seen seeking out the company of such British 'rivals' as Alan Price (who had just left The Animals at the time; lest we forget, the band's biggest hit, "House Of The Rising Sun", had previously been recorded by Dylan himself on his 1962 self-titled debut album) and Donovan who were, likewise, talented musicians struggling to reach further out into the Pop world. Dylan is often heard being cynical of Donovan beforehand but their eventual meeting in the former's dressing-room – where he regales the Scotsman with a rendition of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (the closing track from the aforementioned "Bringing It All Back Home" album) – is one of the highlights of the film.

Other memorable sequences show Dylan composing on a typewriter(!) in his hotel room as Joan Baez is propped up nearby singing on a sofa and strumming a guitar; Grossman negotiating Dylan's upcoming TV appearances with a local promoter; Dylan going apeshit when an inebriated local throws something out of his hotel room window and Dylan's entourage get blamed for the ensuing fracas!; Dylan arguing about his enigmatic persona with a skeptical interviewer; and doing the reverse with a nerdy layman fan who keeps following him around (aided by the occasional sarcastic interjection from Alan Price)! The film is eventually capped by an unforgettable closing line and image: "Give the anarchist a cigarette" uttered by a shade-wearing Dylan as he looks out the window of his travelling car at English nightlife.

The title of the film instantly reminds one of a lyric in Dylan's contemporaneous song, "She Belongs To Me" (the second track off of the "Bringing It All Back Home" album) but, according to Pennebaker himself, the similarity was purely coincidental! Regrettably, the film never shows the live performances or press conferences in their entirety but the snippets shown of both work remarkably well in 'explaining' to uninitiated viewers (and almost half-a-century later at this juncture) the sheer magnitude of Dylan's music and personality at that point in his career when, it must be said, he was all of 23 years old! DON'T LOOK BACK has been released as a "Special Edition DVD" but I actually acquired it via a hardsubbed Italian TV transmission, recorded as a double-feature with Jim Jarmusch's Neil Young concert feature, YEAR OF THE HORSE (1997)!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Glass chicky0948
The Dylan-on-piano song... a_moral_imperative
Which is better? Dont Look Back / No Direction Home jnhuffman
DONOVAN: what song is he playing? msloafy
Dylan on piano? greatwhitehype13
That girl eweloon
Discuss Dont Look Back (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page