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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
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The first three albums by Bob Roberts - The Freewheelin' Bob Roberts, Times Are Changin' Back, and Bob on Bob - were spoofs of/based on/homages to Bob Dylan's classic albums The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A'Changin' and Blonde On Blonde, respectively, including the cover photos on the first two. See more »
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 »
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
Robbins Egg Music (c) 1992, A.S.C.A.P. See more »
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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