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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
Narrator (voice)
Roc LaFortune ...
Government Agent
Paul Cagelet ...
Carny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. Wilmes ...
Circus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
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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

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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Todd Haynes needed to get approval from Bob Dylan to use his music, since (unlike in his Velvet Goldmine (1998) where David Bowie did not give his permission for his music) he felt the film would not work without it. At the encouragement of Dylan's manager, Haynes wrote a one-page summary of his concept and the characters, which Dylan approved. It took another 6 years to get the film made due to funding difficulties. See more »


During the Los Angeles home sequences, Claire's/Robbie's telephone number has a 310 area code, which was introduced November 2, 1991. The area code should be 213. 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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Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »


Simple Twist of Fate
Performed by Bob Dylan
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Ram's Horn Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Saviors Grow Fast Asleep
19 September 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – 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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