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Bob Roberts (1992) Poster

(1992)

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Jack Black's feature film debut.
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When Tim Robbins approached his actor friends about doing the movie, he said most of them asked to play newscasters.
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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.
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A soundtrack album was due for release on Warner Bros. Records, but it was not released because Tim Robbins didn't want the songs played outside of the movie's context.
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This film was Tim Robbins directorial debut. His friend Helen Hunt appeared in it in a brief cameo as a television news reporter. When Hunt made her feature directorial debut with Then She Found Me (2007), Robbins returned the favor and appeared briefly as one of the interviewees on the Bette Midler character's talk show.
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The "Cutting Edge Live" TV show segment is shot at WQED's studio in Pittsburgh, home of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968). King Friday's castle can be seen in the background as the production assistant storms across the soundstage to cut the power. When Fred Rogers was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Daytime Television in 1997, Tim Robbins was the presenter.
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Alan Rickman helped Tim Robbins fund the production of Bob Roberts with his own money.
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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 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013).
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Writer/director/actor Tim Robbins wrote a song called "Revape Amerika" for Tapeheads (1988). It was performed by Robbins, credited as "Bob Roberts". Robbins reworked the song into "Retake America", used in this film.
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The scene in which Bob Roberts meets the wife and children of the local mayor is a pastiche on Bob Dylan's Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967), where Bob meets the wife and children of the local sheriff.
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Many of Tim Robbins' immediate family make cameos in the film, including common law wife Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri Martino.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Fisher Stevens; and two Oscar nominees: David Strathairn and Bob Balaban.
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All the songs were written by Tim Robbins and David Robbins, his brother. Tim Robbins not only sings in the film, but he also plays the harmonica. Jack Black sings background vocals on the soundtrack.
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Tim Robbins touted this project around the various studios for six years. Ironically, for a film about the American political process, it was the English production company Working Title that came up with the necessary funds.
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Tim Robbins and his brother David, who co-wrote the songs in the film, are the sons of folk singer Gil Robbins of the Highwaymen
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