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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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Coming to a Senate seat near you. See more »



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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Jack Black's feature film debut. 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: [singing] Some people will have / Some simply will not / But they'll complain and complain and complain and complain and complain / Some people will work / Some never will / But they'll complain and complain and complain and complain and complain / Like this: / It's society's fault I don't have a job / It's society's fault I'm a slob / I'm a drunk, I don't have a brain / Give me a pamplet while I complain / Hey pal you're living in the land of the free No-one's gonna hand you opportunity
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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 »


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


I've Got To Know
Music and Lyrics by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Woody Guthrie
Published by TRIO-Ludlow Music Inc.
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3 April 2000 | by (Ithaca, NY) – See all my reviews

I have a special place in my heart for this film. I guess that if you are dyed-in-the-wool Republican, you may be offended, because Tim Robbins plays the heartless Republican stereotype for laughs. Some may question the plausibility of electing a lying weasel, but students of history will not. The movie takes a multitude of real-world scandals, combines them amusingly, and leaves the viewer with a chilling finale.

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