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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.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bob Roberts
... Bugs Raplin
... Lukas Hart III
... Chet MacGregor
... Terry Manchester
... Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins ... Delores Perrigrew
... Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino ... Clark Anderson
... Bart Macklerooney
Kelly Willis ... Clarissa Flan
Merrilee Dale ... Polly Roberts
... Dr. Caleb Menck
... Mack Laflin
... Chuck Marlin
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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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Vote first. Ask questions later. See more »

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Rated R for momentary language | See all certifications »

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4 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Bob Roberts - Candidato ao Poder  »

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$4,479,470
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A soundtrack album was due for release on Warner Bros. Records, but it was not released because Tim Robbins didn't want the songs played outside of the movie's context. 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

Mrs. Davis: We all think you are wonderful and we just wish there was a way we could vote for you three times.
Bob Roberts: Well, there is.
Mrs. Davis: Really?
Bob Roberts: [after a pause, then laughs] Just kidding!
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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 »

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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Voting Song
Music and Lyrics by David Robbins & Tim Robbins
Produced and Arranged by David Robbins
Additional Vocal and Guitar by Kelly Willis
Robbins Egg Music (c) 1992, A.S.C.A.P.
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As much a satire on the left as the right
28 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I can understand why Republicans would be upset by this film, but I think that Democrats and/or small-"l" liberals should squirm when they watch this, too. The real sting in this film is that, devious and repulsive as Bob Roberts is, he is far more charismatic and interesting than his tired rival, Brickley Paiste (Gore Vidal), and he has managed to appropriate all of the weapons of the 1960s protest movements (including that most sacred insitution of all, folk music) and use them with a vigour that is scarily convincing. Roberts has the adulation of young men and women (watch for a young Jack Black as a smitten fan), the power of the record industry, and access to concerts halls and media coverage to get his message across. What does the left have? A rabid underground journalist (Bugs Raplin), a goofy "Saturday Night Live"-type show (Cutting Edge Live) that may once have been edgy, but now just seems silly (even Roberts himself is a fan), a tired old senator droning on about social programs (Paiste), and a few strident voices crying in the wilderness, (including the journalist played by Lynne Thigpen). Roberts has replaced Bob Dylan as the "voice of his generation" (Robbins includes a hilarious riff on Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video from "Don't Look Back"). Robbins' real target here is how the ideals of the 60s have failed miserably, how times have changed back, and how greed, self-interest and intolerance have become the new order of the 1990s (and continue today). Roberts is *not* George Bush (senior or junior)--he's a much more frightening animal who shows up just how the voices of dissent have dwindled into insignificance.


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