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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

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Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All I Can Do Is Be Me Whoever That Is

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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7 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I'm Not There  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$730,819 (USA) (22 November 2007)

Gross:

$4,001,121 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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Trivia

Adrien Brody and Colin Farrell were in talks to play two of the incarnations of Dylan in the film early in pre-production. See more »

Goofs

The phone at the Peacocks house is too modern for the time - the cord going into the handset had a clip in cord versus being attached directly to the piece. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There he lies. God rest his soul, and his rudeness. A devouring public can now share the remains of his sickness, and his phone numbers. There he lay: poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity. Nailed by a peeping tom, who would soon discover...
Jude: A poem is like a naked person...
Narrator:
  • even the ghost was more than one person.



Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 24 November 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not There
Performed by Sonic Youth
Written by Bob Dylan
Produced by Sonic Youth and John Agnello
Published by Dwarf Music (SESAC)
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Incredible Film
4 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just returned from viewing this film at the New York film festival, and I must say it potentially Haynes' best film to date. By abstracting from a conventional biopic, the film captures the essence of Dylan. The different actors that play Dylan chronicle the metamorphosis of an icon. With an astounding ensemble the performances are flawless. Cate Blanchett in particular, is uncanny as Dylan at the peak of his stardom, in all likelihood securing a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Technically the editing is seamless and Haynes is successfully able to integrate a multitude of styles. In emulating Dylan, the film itself is structured much like a poem. Haynes strings together fact and fiction, the real and surreal and the self and society into a magnificent fabric that illustrates the identity of one of the greatest American icons.


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