Bob Roberts (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  4 September 1992 (USA)
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A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Manchester
Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Delores Perrigrew
Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino ...
Clark Anderson
Bart Macklerooney
Kelly Willis ...
Clarissa Flan
Merrilee Dale ...
Polly Roberts
Dr. Caleb Menck
Mack Laflin


Documentary-style look at the fictional Senatorial campaign of Bob Roberts, an arch-conservative folk singer turned politician. This political satire includes several original songs co-written and performed by writer/director/star Tim Robbins, and cameo appearances by other stars as reporters and news anchors. Written by Scott Renshaw <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for momentary language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bob Roberts - Candidato ao Poder  »

Box Office


$4,479,470 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Tim Robbins approached his actor friends about doing the movie, he said most of them asked to play newscasters. See more »


In a scene where Bob gets off the bus in "Harrisburg" a police barrier clearly says "City of Philadelphia." See more »


Bob Roberts: The times they are a-changin' back.
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the final credits, there is a heart-shaped outline surrounding the initials EMLA, JHR, MGR & SS (SS is in the center)... These stand for Susan Sarandon, their two children together, Jack Henry Robbins & Miles Guthrie Robbins, his step-daughter Eva Maria Livia Amurri (Susan's daughter with film-maker, Franco Amurri.) This is also in the credits for "Cradle Will Rock", another Tim Robbins directed film. Thanks are given to "The Bob Roberts Dancers"... See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.8 (2009) See more »


Times Are Changing' Back
Music and Lyrics by David Robbins & Tim Robbins
Produced and Arranged by David Robbins
Choral Consultant Gil Robbins
Performed by The Chatham College Choir and The Shady Side Men's Choir
Solocist Angela Hall
Robbins Egg Music (c) 1992, A.S.C.A.P.
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One of the most frightening films ever!
5 February 2002 | by (TeXas) – See all my reviews

This movie is a harrowing look at the reality of politics in the United States. The story shows how an evil man can utilize right wing themes and hot button issues to gain real power and influence the direction of this country. Robbins is great as the right wing, folk singer, businessman, racist, Senatorial candidate that is hoping to be Pennsylvania's voice in Washington. The sad thing is, as you watch the film, you see how easy it is for this horrible man to manipulate the media into getting him elected. By using good looks and off hand remarks candidates are able to steer elections in the direction they want them to go. Meanwhile, honesty takes a back seat to how well a candidate can croon a song. Truth trails behind what the media might be able to use as entertainment. The media is dazzled by fluff and sound bites, they turn a deaf ear to real issues. When I saw this film the first time, I was very uncomfortable. The film was too close to reality. Bob Roberts is a Joe McCarthy/Rush Limbaugh for the 1990's. Although they might seem harmless on the surface, they do pose real danger. This movie is important and should be seen by all voters. It tries to teach people to look at the facts and the real issues and put the fluff aside. Ahh, if only that could be done.

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