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Masked and Anonymous (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 8 August 2003 (Canada)
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A singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.

Director:

Larry Charles

Writers:

Bob Dylan (as Sergei Petrov), Larry Charles (as Rene Fontaine)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Dylan ... Jack Fate
Jeff Bridges ... Tom Friend
Penélope Cruz ... Pagan Lace
John Goodman ... Uncle Sweetheart
Jessica Lange ... Nina Veronica
Luke Wilson ... Bobby Cupid
Angela Bassett ... Mistress
Steven Bauer ... Edgar
Michael Paul Chan ... Guard
Bruce Dern ... Editor
Ed Harris ... Oscar Vogel
Val Kilmer ... Animal Wrangler
Cheech Marin ... Prospero
Chris Penn ... Crew Guy #2
Giovanni Ribisi ... Soldier
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Storyline

Against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of revolution, Uncle Sweetheart and Nina Veronica are slimy promoters planning a benefit concert. They desire the services of legendary singer Jack Fate, and soon Fate is sprung from jail. A rock journalist investigates the concert, attempting to determine just who will benefit. Revolution may be raging outside the arena, but Jack Fate and the benefit concert play on as planned. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Would you reach out your hand to save a drowning man if you thought he might pull you in? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The supporting cast for this film all took pay cuts in order to be in a movie with Bob Dylan. See more »

Goofs

When Nina Veronica meets the TV executives at the television studio, the liquor bottles in the center of the table change position and number in almost every shot where they are visible. See more »

Quotes

Animal Wrangler: I'll. tell you something else. Ancient cultures, civilizations, they used to sacrifice animals, like cattle and rabbits and goats and such, instead of human beings. Now, today, we do it the other way around, we sacrifice the human being. Like the like the Incas, like the Aztecs, like the big corporations.
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Alternate Versions

There are many different versions of this film, according to director Larry Charles, including a 3 hour version. See more »

Connections

References The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Blind Willie McTell
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Dylan makes good
16 September 2003 | by mfackerSee all my reviews

There was a time when music mattered, and the people that made that music mattered too. Bob Dylan was one of those people. Dylan has floated in and out of the public eye over the years, but has made somewhat of a return with the release of his 2001 album Love and Theft. He has tried to increase his current comeback, and extend his hand into another form of art, by written and staring in a new film.

Masked and Anonymous is good no matter what your opinion of Bob Dylan may be. For Dylan fans this is a tour de force of film making. Written like a Dylan epic tune, think Desolation Row, Masked stays just out of reach of the explainable. Coupled with great cameos, Val Kilmer is far and away the best of many, Masked delivers. John Goodman and Jeff Bridges hold supply the majority of the nessecary acting with Luke Wilson helping out on occasion. However this is the Wilson of Old School, and a far cry from the Wilson of the Royla Tennebaums. None of that really matters, however, because this film was made for Bob Dylan, and he is the single most important character on screen.

In Jack Fate Dylan has created a chracter that personifies his style. Fate, an aging rock star returning home for a benefit concert, symbolizes what h as become of Dylan's career as a musician. Masked isn't really the story of Bob Dylan's life, no more then any of his songs are, it can be, however, his response to what his life has been like. The story itself lacks a little and the characters are never fully defined, but like the supporting acting none of that matters. The important part of Masked and Anonymous, and the only reason it was ever made, is Bob Dylan. Taken that way, Masked and Anonymous is a truly excellent, and original, piece of film.


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Official Sites:

Monolith [Poland] | Official site | See more »

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Anonimato See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,783, 27 July 2003

Gross USA:

$533,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$546,106
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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