A singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.


Larry Charles


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


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Bob Dylan and Larry Charles used pseudonyms for the screenplay because of the film's title. See more »


When Jack Fate is talking to Tom Friend in his dressing room, his jacket jumps from his hands to the wall between shots before he takes it down again and makes to put it on. See more »


Uncle Sweetheart: Let me show you this place. I own a piece of it.
Jack Fate: Which piece?
Uncle Sweetheart: It changes every day.
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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 »


References The Fugitive Kind (1960) See more »


It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Grateful Dead
Courtesy of Grateful Dead Productions, Inc.
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Well, atleast its bob dylan
7 August 2003 | by jay_hovah703See all my reviews

I was able to catch the new "Bob Dylan" movie this past weekend. I call it a bob dylan movie although all he does is stolidly regurgitate lines and sing with his band--not a far cry from who his day to day life.

I have two critiques of the movie.

1. Bob dylan. This movie could have been pulled off with anyone else but him. I'm sure the part was written for him, i'm sure he is/was the only jack fate. but don't start using bob dylan songs man! having a little girl sing times are a changin? c'mon now. Make the movie another rockumentary or make it a movie. I can agree that the dylan performances were great, but why the air of seriousness? if a movie is going to have bob dylan play his own songs as "jack fate," why no winking and nodding? I think the director couldn't decide on what he really wanted from this movie. I believed bob dylan was a folk singer from prison because i really wanted to. but quit touching down in reality when there is none to begin with!

I know you may argue that the movie had multiple layers, but again, someone should have made some off-handed comment about bob dylan--that would have made my day.

I am a huge bob dylan fan, I'm not trashing him because i don't like him.

and the last critique 2. Bob Dylan. Where's the inside joke that no one except you is allowed in on bobby boy? Okay so i'm not smart enough to understand all your songs. but when are you going to stop spinning a tale and start explaining what it all means? If "Don't look back" started bob dylans life, I feel this movie is ending it. The final chapter (Not that he is going to die soon). But ol' bobby was the same in DLB. He had the same arrogance, the same lack of emotion, the same puzzles without answers. Where is his winking and nodding? He isn't very accessible to the fans and instead locks himself up deeper inside himself. at what point are we going to see what he thinks instead of just throwing back questions and trying to dislodge our own convictions? Its not a conviction to not have a conviction.

anywho, its a good movie that could have been great.

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Release Date:

8 August 2003 (Canada) See more »

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Masked and Anonymous See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$30,783, 27 July 2003

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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