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Bob Roberts -- A corrupt rightwing folksinger runs a crooked election campaign while only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.

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Writer:
Tim Robbins (written by)
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Release Date:
4 September 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
More amazing than Watergate. See more »
Plot:
A right-wing folksinger becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Don't Miss the Point; This is Satire, not Commentary See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Robbins ... Bob Roberts

Giancarlo Esposito ... Bugs Raplin

Alan Rickman ... Lukas Hart III

Ray Wise ... Chet MacGregor

Brian Murray ... Terry Manchester

Gore Vidal ... Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins ... Delores Perrigrew

Harry Lennix ... Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino ... Clark Anderson

Robert Stanton ... Bart Macklerooney
Kelly Willis ... Clarissa Flan
Merrilee Dale ... Polly Roberts

Tom Atkins ... Dr. Caleb Menck

David Strathairn ... Mack Laflin

James Spader ... Chuck Marlin

Pamela Reed ... Carol Cruise

Helen Hunt ... Rose Pondell

Eva Amurri Martino ... Child in Hospital (as Eva Amurri)
Jim West ... Bus Driver

Peter Gallagher ... Dan Riley

Lynne Thigpen ... Kelly Noble
Bingo O'Malley ... Robert Roberts, Sr.

Kathleen Chalfant ... Constance Roberts
Ruth Lesko ... School Teacher

Jack Black ... Roger Davis

Matthew Faber ... Calvin

Matt McGrath ... Burt

Anita Gillette ... Mrs. Davis

Susan Sarandon ... Tawna Titan

Fred Ward ... Chip Daley
Charles R. Altman ... Debate Moderator (as Charles Altman)
Shannon Holt ... Rita
Staci Marie Marcum ... Miss Philadelphia (as Staci Marcum)

Shira Piven ... Penn State Protester

Steve Pink ... Penn State Protester

Fisher Stevens ... Rock Bork
Gil Robbins ... Reverend Best
Angela Hall ... Choir Soloist
Lee Robbins ... Organ Player

John Cusack ... Cutting Edge Host

Bob Balaban ... Michael Janes
Allan F. Nicholls ... Cutting Edge Director (as Allan Nicholls)
June Stein ... Cutting Edge Assistant Carol
Adam Simon ... Cutting Edge Head Writer

Ned Bellamy ... Uzi Kornhauser
Natalie Strong ... Kala Kornhauser
Burnice Brourman ... Nurse
Pat Logan ... Frank Ryan, Policeman

Larry John Meyers ... Police Spokesman (as Larry John Myers)

Robert Hegyes ... Ernesto Galleano

Tom Tully ... New York Reporter
Anthony Dileo Jr. ... New York Reporter
Jane Crawford ... New York Reporter

Ann Talman ... New York Reporter
Lamont Arnold ... New York Reporter
Gabrielle Robbins ... Singing Vigilante

Adele Robbins ... Vigilante

Brian Powell ... Vigilante

Paul Quinn ... Vigilante
Dean Robinson ... Vigilante
Jeff Foster ... Vigilante

Jeremy Piven ... Candle Seller

Lee Arenberg ... Religious Zealot
David Sinaiko ... Liberal
Brent Hinkley ... Bif, the Patriot
Hal O'Leary ... Senator Haydn
Don Brockett ... Chairman
Linda King ... Washington D.C. Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tracy Generalovich ... Miss Three Mile Island

Aaron Jackson

Julie Matthews ... News Reporter

Sean Paul Braud ... Extra (uncredited)
Stephen Halbert ... Nigel the Soundman (uncredited)

Michelle Nagy ... Pageant Contestant (uncredited)

Dave Petti ... Debate Spectator (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jeff Tackett ... Himself (Orioles Catcher) (uncredited)

Ronald Thomas ... Security Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tim Robbins 
 
Writing credits
Tim Robbins (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
James Bigwood .... associate producer
Forrest Murray .... producer
Allan F. Nicholls .... associate producer
Ronna B. Wallace .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Lépine 
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin 
 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
 
Art Direction by
Gary Kosko 
 
Set Decoration by
Brian Kasch 
 
Costume Design by
Bridget Kelly 
 
Makeup Department
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist
Rachel Kick .... makeup artist
Rosalee Riggle .... hair stylist (as Rose Bologa)
Linda Williams .... 2nd hair stylist
 
Production Management
James Bigwood .... unit production manager
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Mark Seldis .... unit manager
Rudd Simmons .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred 'Fredo' Donatelli .... second assistant director
Maria L. Melograne .... first assistant director (as Maria Melograne)
 
Art Department
Paul Bucciarelli .... scenic artist
Robert Buncher .... carpenter
Mary Buri .... key set dresser
Chris Call .... property master
Thomas J. Garrigan .... assistant property master
Craig Glaser .... set dresser
Kenneth J. Kellers .... set dresser
John Lindsey McCormick .... art department coordinator
Eugene Pope .... carpenter
Eric 'Sprocket' Uporsky .... props assistant
 
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Michael J. Cerone .... sound re-recording mixer
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
Marshall Grupp .... supervising sound editor
Peter Halbert .... boom operator
Stephen Halbert .... production sound mixer
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (as Hal Levinson)
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Bob Olari .... sound recordist
Jac Rubenstein .... adr editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer
 
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... titles and opticals (as John Alagua)
Steidl Balzer .... stage visual effects
Michael Ventresco .... titles and opticals
 
Stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rein Clabbers .... grip
Jim Emswiller .... video assist operator
Harry Greenberger .... electrician
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera Steadicam
Mark Jackson .... first assistant camera (as Mark R. Jackson)
Sam J. Jones .... still photographer
Chris Lugar .... third electric
W. Russell McCormack .... best boy
Don Muchoco .... gaffer
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... electrician
Joseph 'Bruno' Pelle .... key grip
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Rich Schutte .... grip
Joseph Robert Jobe .... camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Linda Carola .... extras casting
Linda Carola .... location casting assistant
Canice Kennedy .... casting: Pittsburgh
Julie Matthews .... casting
Nancy Mosser .... extras casting
Nancy Mosser .... location casting
April Webster .... casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monte Cholmeley-Jones .... wardrobe assistant
Diane Collins .... wardrobe supervisor
Erin Folsey .... wardrobe assistant
Beth Levine .... seamstress
Thomas A. Ritchotte .... wardrobe assistant
Marlene Speranza .... seamstress
Thomas Stokes .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Donna Stern .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Bob Applebaum .... musician: mandolin
Henry Brewer .... musician: keyboard
David Richard Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor (as David Campbell)
David Richard Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
James Flatto .... assistant music editor
Jeff Frickman .... music mixer
Jeff Frickman .... music recordist
James Gilmer .... musician: percussion
John Hagen .... musician: cello
Scott Jackson .... musician: drums
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
Novi Novog .... musician: viola
David Robbins .... background vocals
David Robbins .... musician: guitars
Ernesto Salcedo .... musician: percussion
Larry Tuttle .... musician: bass
 
Transportation Department
Katie Scott .... transportation
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... publicist
Scott Balcerek .... assistant production coordinator
Brian Campbell .... video designer
George Cawthorne III .... bodyguard: Mr. Roberts
Dennis Childer .... bob's on-stage band
Gerard Cronin .... bodyguard: Mr. Hart
Merrilee Dale .... assistant accountant
Warren Davidson .... bob's on-stage band
Pete Farquhar .... fencing master
Amy Grove .... assistant location manager
Amy Hughes .... production assistant
Keith Jackson .... production assistant
Charles Leavitt .... fencing master
Linda H. Miller .... post-production auditor
Howard Neustadt .... projectionist
Kitty Olisky .... production coordinator
Manuel Saunders .... bodyguard: Mr. Roberts
David D. Scott .... production assistant
Greg Sheen .... bob's on-stage band
Leland Sklar .... electric bass
Shawn Vashaw .... production assistant
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for momentary language
Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scene in which Bob Roberts meets the wife and children of the local mayor is a pastiche on Bob Dylan's Dont Look Back (1967), where Bob meets the wife and children of the local sheriff.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Bob Roberts:[singing] Grandma felt guilty 'bout being so rich and it bothered her until the day she died. But I will take my inheritance and invest it with pride, yes invest it with pride.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.98" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Retake AmericaSee more »

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49 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Don't Miss the Point; This is Satire, not Commentary, 29 February 2004
Author: brentbgerson from Irvine, CA

The focus of most of these comments has been on the film's perceived political commentary on American politics.

Let's make one thing clear: This film is a satire, not a commentary; in my opinion it's not about Republicans or Democrats, or conservatives or liberals; it is about the nature of democracies.

The point that the film, "Bob Roberts", makes can be summed up very clearly. Here is the nature of democracies: Voters choose winners over losers, champions over whiners, statements of power over statements of sacrifice. The list goes on; people prefer form over function, youth over age, presentation/entertainment over substance.

This film does transcend political lines; but in it's context, lets take a look at the specifics. Bob Roberts is electable because his message is just vague and occluded enough by his presentation, that he seems likeable. His message is not unique or original; he speaks to the elements that have always appealed to the more right-wing or fascistic elements of society; marginalization of the weak (in this case, the poor), empowerment of the common man, family values, etc.

Roberts' opponent, Paiste, is a textbook liberal; but this contest is not about left vs. right. Paiste is an educated man, and a career politician. He acknowledges the challenges in the American economy. He actually has answers to the issues; whether they are politically favorable or not is not significant. Roberts, on the other hand, says nothing about the real issues; he appeals only to the emotions of the mob, and because he uses the medium of folk music, he offends the sensibilities of liberals (both in the movie, and in its audience), because he uses the authenticity of the 60's and its messages of change, and "perverts" them to express his messages of reactionism and exclusion.

And it works.

Tim Robbins has a winner here, and this film gets overlooked because it gets dragged into these conversations about Robbins' own political views, and whether the film is making a statement about Republicans or Democrats. But Robbins says something far more universal with this film; democracies are not safe from tyranny or fascism; all it takes is a charismatic reactionary who can manipulate the interests of the press and the political interests to rise to power by appealing to the worst elements of our psyche, for entertainment, glamour, and exclusionism. Please remember that Hitler came to power by appealing to the worst aspects of the people of his nation, and was quite successful in creating much evil from that. Being part of a free nation comes with a huge responsibility; to carefully consider who we elect and what we value, and to allow those debates to have meaning. "Bob Roberts" shows us how easily we can neglect that responsibility, and how easily voters can be sold an offensive, exclusionary message, when it is wrapped up in something more attractive than what's real.

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