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I'm Not There. (2007)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  7 December 2007 (USA)
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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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Woody / Chaplin Boy
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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


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I'm Not There  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Todd Haynes noted that when he got his favorite actor and actress, Christian Bale and Julianne Moore, together to shoot the still photographs early on in the film, how different their acting styles were. Moore kept joking and laughing with Haynes and only a few photos could be used where she had a straight face, while in every shot the more method-based Bale appeared serious and intense. See more »


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 »


[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...
  • even the ghost was more than one person.

Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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Referenced in Life During Wartime (2009) See more »


Ballad of Hollis Brown
Performed by The Stooges
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of BOMP Records
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Essential for any Dylan fan
5 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw I'm Not There at the Telluride Film Festival. It is AMAZING. The performances are nothing short of spectacular. Cate Blanchett really nails the role except that her voice obviously can't hit the same bass as the real Bob Dylan. She does, however, look creepily like Dylan in many instances and really gets the mannerisms right. Christian Bale is another standout. It should be mentioned that all of the performances are really top-notch, nobody falls short. The music was fantastic, too (obviously). My one complaint would be that the film goes on a bit longer than it probably needs to but not enough to affect my overall score. I floated out of the theater after seeing this one. It is definitely essential for all Dylan fans. Many of the people I saw the film with were not very familiar with Dylan's life or music but they said they enjoyed it as well. See it the day it comes out!

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