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Bob Roberts (1992)

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A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.

Director:

Tim Robbins

Writer:

Tim Robbins
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Bob Roberts
Giancarlo Esposito ... Bugs Raplin
Alan Rickman ... Lukas Hart III
Ray Wise ... Chet MacGregor
Brian Murray ... Terry Manchester
Gore Vidal ... Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Delores Perrigrew
Harry Lennix ... Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino John Ottavino ... Clark Anderson
Robert Stanton ... Bart Macklerooney
Kelly Willis Kelly Willis ... Clarissa Flan
Merrilee Dale Merrilee Dale ... Polly Roberts
Tom Atkins ... Dr. Caleb Menck
David Strathairn ... Mack Laflin
James Spader ... Chuck Marlin
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Storyline

Documentary-style look at the fictional Senatorial campaign of Bob Roberts, an arch-conservative folk singer turned politician. This political satire includes several original songs co-written and performed by writer/director/star Tim Robbins, and cameo appearances by other stars as reporters and news anchors. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Rated R for momentary language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob Roberts - Candidato ao Poder See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,479,470
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was Tim Robbins directorial debut. His friend Helen Hunt appeared in it in a brief cameo as a television news reporter. When Hunt made her feature directorial debut with Then She Found Me (2007), Robbins returned the favor and appeared briefly as one of the interviewees on the Bette Midler character's talk show. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Bob gets off the bus in "Harrisburg" a police barrier clearly says "City of Philadelphia." See more »

Quotes

Kelly Noble: Bob Roberts is yet another of that faction that lives to destroy whatever good came out of the 60s, to rewrite the history of that important period. A period where the American people actually were informed and aware, and realized that they had a voice. They demanded that a war end. Bob Roberts is Nixon, only he's shrewder, more complicated, this Bob Roberts. Now here is a man who has adopted the persona and mindset of a free-thinking rebel and turned it on itself. The Rebel Conservative! That ...
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the final credits, there is a heart-shaped outline surrounding the initials EMLA, JHR, MGR & SS (SS is in the center)... These stand for Susan Sarandon, their two children together, Jack Henry Robbins & Miles Guthrie Robbins, his step-daughter Eva Maria Livia Amurri (Susan's daughter with film-maker, Franco Amurri.) This is also in the credits for "Cradle Will Rock", another Tim Robbins directed film. Thanks are given to "The Bob Roberts Dancers"... See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Times Are Changing' Back
Music and Lyrics by David Robbins & Tim Robbins
Produced and Arranged by David Robbins
Choral Consultant Gil Robbins
Performed by The Chatham College Choir and The Shady Side Men's Choir
Solocist Angela Hall
Robbins Egg Music (c) 1992, A.S.C.A.P.
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One of the most frightening films ever!
5 February 2002 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

This movie is a harrowing look at the reality of politics in the United States. The story shows how an evil man can utilize right wing themes and hot button issues to gain real power and influence the direction of this country. Robbins is great as the right wing, folk singer, businessman, racist, Senatorial candidate that is hoping to be Pennsylvania's voice in Washington. The sad thing is, as you watch the film, you see how easy it is for this horrible man to manipulate the media into getting him elected. By using good looks and off hand remarks candidates are able to steer elections in the direction they want them to go. Meanwhile, honesty takes a back seat to how well a candidate can croon a song. Truth trails behind what the media might be able to use as entertainment. The media is dazzled by fluff and sound bites, they turn a deaf ear to real issues. When I saw this film the first time, I was very uncomfortable. The film was too close to reality. Bob Roberts is a Joe McCarthy/Rush Limbaugh for the 1990's. Although they might seem harmless on the surface, they do pose real danger. This movie is important and should be seen by all voters. It tries to teach people to look at the facts and the real issues and put the fluff aside. Ahh, if only that could be done.


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