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I'm Not There. (2007)

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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Roc LaFortune ...
Hobo Moe
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Government Agent
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Carny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. Wilmes ...
Circus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
Pierre-Alexandre Fortin ...
Gorgeous George
Richie Havens ...
Old Man Arvin
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Mr. Arvin
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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)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$730,819, 22 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,017,609, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,664,116, 28 July 2012
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Singers John Doe and Mason Jennings provided the singing voice for Christian Bale's character and Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement fame) provided the singing for Cate Blanchett's character. Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw don't sing at all in the film. Ironically, both Bale and Gere have sung in movies before. See more »

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Right after Jude leaves the Beatles and they are chased by fans, you can see the last person in the mob slow down immediately when they're behind the trellis. 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...
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  • even the ghost was more than one person.

Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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References Persona (1966) See more »

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(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Performed by The Monkees
Written by Bobby Hart & Tommy Boyce
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
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Saviors Grow Fast Asleep
19 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Saw this at the Toronto Film Festival. I really liked it, although maybe the Richard Gere scenes are the one's to skip, though it's not really his fault. Cate Blanchett is getting a lot of buzz for her performance, and she deserves it. The actors are all playing versions of Dylan, though their characters have different names. Blanchett plays an incarnation of Dylan that would be right around the time of "Don't Look Back".

Although I think Todd Haynes is mostly successful here, I fear that this will be a film that will really interest people who already know about Bob Dylan, and that it will sort of fly over the heads of everyone else. A good movie, and a nice place to start if you're a young movie lover who wants to expand and see something less conventional.


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