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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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Release Date:
4 September 1992 (USA) See more »
More amazing than Watergate. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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... or how I learned to stop worrying and love politics See more (94 total) »


  (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)

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
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 Muchow .... 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 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
Malcolm Ritchie .... special thanks

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Rated R for momentary language
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Alan Rickman helped Tim Robbins fund the production of Bob Roberts with his own money.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 opportunitySee more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Dont Look Back (1967)See more »
What Did The Teacher Tell YouSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
... or how I learned to stop worrying and love politics, 4 March 2008
Author: blubb06 from Germany

"Times are changing back, times are changing back, times are changing back today...", sings ultra-right-wing politician/folksinger Bob Roberts. Grandmommies & -daddies who know just-who-the-heck Bob Dylan was might remember his song "The times, they are a-changing" — yeah, that was waaaaay back when Grandmommy & Granddaddy wore flowers, made free love and smoked marijuana to make their hair grow faster. And peace, No-to-Vietnam, civil rights and all that hot sh*t, in the year I was born (but not in the USA).

Somebody else pointed out the Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back", from which several scenes were derived — including the one where Bob Roberts and his blonde co-singer practice their hymn "We're marching for self-interest" while Bob checks his stocks on his laptop. In 1967, Joan Baez sang "Pretty Polly".

Polly, pretty Polly, come and go along with me / Before we get married some pleasure to seek

He led her over mountains and valleys so deep / Polly misjudged him and she began to weep

Sayin' Willie, Oh Willie, I'm afraid of your ways / The way you've been ramblin' you'd lead me astray

He said, Polly, pretty Polly, your guess is about right / I dug on your grave the best part of last night

I don't know much about US politics, although I sometimes wonder why they apparently have only two political parties since at least 200 years. But "Bob Roberts" is not an American movie, although it portrays the rise of a pure-bred American Hitler. Those two parties exist virtually everywhere, at least in every Western "democracy", and although they take turns every few years and have other names, the underlying power structure is the same, as their politics are increasingly the same.

This is a movie for the grassroots, a socio-political comment and a satire. It's supposed to stimulate the little gray cells, look at our leaders and our TV screens and ask, are we getting what we signed up for? What is the truth, and do I want to know?

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