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Bob Roberts (1992)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Terry Manchester
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Senator Brickley Paiste
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Delores Perrigrew
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Franklin Dockett
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Clark Anderson
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Bart Macklerooney
Kelly Willis ...
Clarissa Flan
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Polly Roberts
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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 <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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More amazing than Watergate. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for momentary language | See all certifications »

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4 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Bob Roberts - Candidato ao Poder  »

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$4,479,470 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The actors playing Bob and his two primary assistants have played United States Presidents in other films: Tim Robbins in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Ray Wise in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000) and its extension pack Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge (2001), and Alan Rickman in The Butler (2013). See more »

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The film takes place in 1990, on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. In real life, neither of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seats were up for re-election that year. See more »

Quotes

Lukas Hart III: Excuse me, I have to go pray.
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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 »

Connections

References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

What Did The Teacher Tell You
Music and Lyrics by David Robbins & Tim Robbins
Produced and Arranged by David Robbins
Vocals by Novi Novog
Viola by Novi Novog
Robbins Egg Music (c) 1992, A.S.C.A.P.
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Might be the best political satire of all time
17 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Tim Robbins has made one heck of a statement with this film presenting politics as it really is, crooked and disturbing. The screenplay is brilliantly clever brimming with brutal honesty about the political battle in washington.Robbins plays the right-wing politician perfectly portraying a crooked yuppie business man willing to do anything to get elected to the US Senate a must see film one of the best films of the decade.


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