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Masked and Anonymous (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  8 August 2003 (Canada)
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A singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.

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Against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of revolution, Uncle Sweetheart and Nina Veronica are slimy promoters planning a benefit concert. They desire the services of legendary singer Jack Fate, and soon Fate is sprung from jail. A rock journalist investigates the concert, attempting to determine just who will benefit. Revolution may be raging outside the arena, but Jack Fate and the benefit concert play on as planned. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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$30,783 (USA) (25 July 2003)

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$533,344 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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Trivia

Bob Dylan and Larry Charles used pseudonyms for the screenplay because of the film's title. See more »

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When Jack Fate is talking to Tom Friend in his dressing room, his jacket jumps from his hands to the wall between shots before he takes it down again and makes to put it on. See more »

Quotes

Tom Friend: Everybody's doing the killing now. Everybody's doing the dying.
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References The Comedians (1967) See more »

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Cold Irons Bound
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed Live by Bob Dylan and his band
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Johnny's in the Basement
22 January 2003 | by (Park City) – See all my reviews

What could go wrong with a movie that features Bob Dylan playing some fun tunes, leading actors John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Jeff Bridges and Penelope Cruz, and bit parts by Christian Slater, Ed Harris, Angela Basset, Mickey Rourke and Val Kilmer? Well, let's start with a script penned by Bob Dylan that is easily as ineffable as, say, Subterranean Homesick Blues. If you know why the man in the coonskin cap wants eleven dollar bills (and you only got ten) then maybe you understood this movie. The rest of us struggled with mundane dialogue, disjointed vignettes, thinly veiled allusions to Dylan's life, some sort of statement on revolution, and perhaps an admission by Dylan himself that even he doesn't have a clue as to what most of his songs mean. Maybe if I saw this film another 2-3 times I would unravel the deeper meaning, peel back the layers of symbolism, and better grasp the metaphors that give deeper significance to the movie. On the other hand, it's been 35 years and I still don't know why I should hang around an ink well or watch the parking meters.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed this movie. But the fact is, I rarely laughed, certainly didn't cry, and I didn't really care about any of the characters. I could barely follow the plot line. And I didn't understand most of what was lurking under the surface. None of the actors appeared to have clue as to what was going on either. But then, maybe that's what Dylan meant all along . Maybe, but you shouldn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.


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