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Bob Roberts ()


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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.
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Bob Roberts
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Bugs Raplin
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Lukas Hart III
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Chet MacGregor
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Terry Manchester
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Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Delores Perrigrew
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Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino ...
Clark Anderson
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Bart Macklerooney
Kelly Willis ...
Clarissa Flan
Merrilee Dale ...
Polly Roberts
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Dr. Caleb Menck
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Mack Laflin
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Chuck Marlin
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Carol Cruise
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Rose Pondell
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Child in Hospital (as Eva Amurri)
Jim West ...
Bus Driver
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Dan Riley
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Kelly Noble
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Robert Roberts, Sr.
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Constance Roberts
Ruth Lesko ...
School Teacher
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Roger Davis
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Calvin
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Burt
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Mrs. Davis
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Tawna Titan
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Chip Daley
Charles R. Altman ...
Debate Moderator (as Charles Altman)
Shannon Holt ...
Rita
Staci Marie Marcum ...
Miss Philadelphia (as Staci Marcum)
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Penn State Protester
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Penn State Protester
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Rock Bork
Gil Robbins ...
Reverend Best
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Choir Soloist
Lee Robbins ...
Organ Player
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Cutting Edge Host
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Michael Janes
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Cutting Edge Director (as Allan Nicholls)
June Stein ...
Cutting Edge Assistant Carol
Adam Simon ...
Cutting Edge Head Writer
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Uzi Kornhauser
Natalie Strong ...
Kala Kornhauser
Burnice Brourman ...
Nurse
Pat Logan ...
Frank Ryan, Policeman
Larry John Meyers ...
Police Spokesman (as Larry John Myers)
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Ernesto Galleano
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New York Reporter
Anthony Dileo Jr. ...
New York Reporter
Jane Crawford ...
New York Reporter
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New York Reporter
Lamont Arnold ...
New York Reporter
Gabrielle Robbins ...
Singing Vigilante
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Vigilante
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Vigilante
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Vigilante
Dean Robinson ...
Vigilante
Jeff Foster ...
Vigilante
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Candle Seller
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Religious Zealot
David Sinaiko ...
Liberal
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Bif, the Patriot
Hal O'Leary ...
Senator Haydn
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Chairman
Linda King ...
Washington D.C. Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tracy Generalovich ...
Miss Three Mile Island
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News Reporter
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Extra (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Stephen Halbert ...
Nigel the Soundman (uncredited)
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Pageant Contestant (uncredited)
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Debate Spectator (uncredited)
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Vocal Effects (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Jeff Tackett ...
Himself - Orioles Catcher (uncredited)
Ronald Thomas ...
Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tim Robbins

Written by

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Tim Robbins ... (written by)

Produced by

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Tim Bevan ... executive producer
James Bigwood ... associate producer
Forrest Murray ... producer
Allan F. Nicholls ... associate producer
Ronna B. Wallace ... executive producer
Paul Webster ... executive producer

Music by

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David Robbins

Cinematography by

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Jean Lépine

Film Editing by

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Lisa Zeno Churgin

Editorial Department

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Mark Ginsberg ... color timer
Donna Stern ... associate editor

Casting By

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Douglas Aibel

Production Design by

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Richard Hoover

Art Direction by

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Gary Kosko

Set Decoration by

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Brian Kasch

Costume Design by

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Bridget Kelly

Makeup Department

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Jeannee Josefczyk ... makeup artist
Rachel Kick ... makeup artist
Rosalee Riggle ... hair stylist (as Rose Bologa)
Linda Williams ... 2nd hair stylist

Production Management

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James Bigwood ... unit production manager
Susan Lazarus ... post-production supervisor
Mark Seldis ... unit manager
Rudd Simmons ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred 'Fredo' Donatelli ... second assistant director
Maria L. Melograne ... first assistant director (as Maria Melograne)

Art Department

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Paul Bucciarelli ... scenic artist
Robert Buncher ... carpenter
Mary Buri ... key set dresser
Chris Call ... property master
Thomas J. Garrigan ... assistant property master
Craig Glaser ... set dresser
Kenneth J. Kellers ... set dresser
John Lindsey McCormick ... art department coordinator
Eugene Pope ... carpenter
Eric 'Sprocket' Uporsky ... props assistant

Sound Department

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Nancy Cabrera ... foley artist
Michael J. Cerone ... re-recording mixer
Laura Civiello ... dialogue editor
Rick Dior ... re-recording mixer
Marshall Grupp ... supervising sound editor
Peter Halbert ... boom operator
Stephen Halbert ... production sound mixer
Hal Levinsohn ... adr editor (as Hal Levinson)
Branka Mrkic ... dialogue editor
Bob Olari ... sound recordist
Jac Rubenstein ... adr editor
Stephen Zelenko ... 2nd unit sound recordist
Paul J. Zydel ... adr mixer

Visual Effects by

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John Alagna ... titles and opticals (as John Alagua)
Steidl Balzer ... stage visual effects
Michael Ventresco ... titles and opticals

Stunts

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Don Hewitt ... stunts
Jery Hewitt ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rein Clabbers ... grip
Jim Emswiller ... video assist operator
Harry Greenberger ... electrician
Larry Huston ... first assistant camera Steadicam
Mark Jackson ... first assistant camera (as Mark R. Jackson)
Sam J. Jones ... still photographer
Chris Lugar ... third electric
W. Russell McCormack ... best boy
Don Muchow ... gaffer
Jean-Pierre Nutini ... electrician
Joseph 'Bruno' Pelle ... key grip
Rick Raphael ... steadicam operator
Rich Schutte ... grip
John P. Shine ... grip
Joseph Robert Jobe ... camera assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Linda Carola ... extras casting / location casting assistant
Canice Kennedy ... casting: Pittsburgh
Julie Matthews ... casting
Nancy Mosser ... extras casting / location casting
April Webster ... casting: Los Angeles

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Monte Cholmeley-Jones ... wardrobe assistant
Diane Collins ... wardrobe supervisor
Erin Folsey ... wardrobe assistant
Beth Levine ... seamstress
Thomas A. Ritchotte ... wardrobe assistant
Marlene Speranza ... seamstress
Thomas Stokes ... assistant wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Amy Grove ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Bob Applebaum ... musician: mandolin
Henry Brewer ... musician: keyboard
David Campbell ... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
James Flatto ... assistant music editor
Jeff Frickman ... music mixer / music recordist
James Gilmer ... musician: percussion
John Hagen ... musician: cello
Scott Jackson ... musician: drums
Patrick Mullins ... music editor
Novi Novog ... musician: viola
David Robbins ... background vocals / musician: guitars
Ernesto Salcedo ... musician: percussion
Larry Tuttle ... musician: bass

Transportation Department

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Katie Scott ... transportation
Marc Scott ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Rachel Aberly ... publicist
V. Scott Balcerek ... assistant production coordinator (as Scott Balcerek)
Brian Campbell ... video designer
George Cawthorne III ... bodyguard: Mr. Roberts
Dennis Childer ... bob's on-stage band
Gerard Cronin ... bodyguard: Mr. Hart
Merrilee Dale ... assistant accountant
Warren Davidson ... bob's on-stage band
Pete Farquhar ... fencing master
Amy B. Hughes ... production assistant (as Amy Hughes)
Keith Jackson ... production assistant
Charles Leavitt ... fencing master
Linda H. Miller ... post-production auditor
Howard Neustadt ... projectionist
Kitty Olisky ... production coordinator
Manuel Saunders ... bodyguard: Mr. Roberts
David D. Scott ... production assistant
Greg Sheen ... bob's on-stage band
Leland Sklar ... electric bass
Shawn Vashaw ... production assistant
Brenda K. Wachel ... script supervisor

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Malcolm Ritchie ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines More amazing than Watergate. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Ciudadano Bob Roberts (Spain)
  • Bob Roberts - Candidato ao Poder (Portugal)
  • El ciudadano Bob Roberts (Uruguay)
  • Боб Робертс (Russia)
  • Боб Робъртс (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Jack Black's feature film debut. See more »
Goofs In a scene where Bob gets off the bus in "Harrisburg" a police barrier clearly says "City of Philadelphia." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Honeymoon in Vegas/Christopher Columbus: The Discovery/Bob Roberts/Storyville/A Brief History of Time (1992). See more »
Soundtracks What Did The Teacher Tell You See more »
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 »
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 is deviant brilliance. What a Machiavellian poser.
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