Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

Todd Haynes (screenplay), Oren Moverman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Jude
Ben Whishaw ... Arthur
Christian Bale ... Jack / Pastor John
Richard Gere ... Billy
Marcus Carl Franklin ... Woody / Chaplin Boy
Heath Ledger ... Robbie
Kris Kristofferson ... Narrator (voice)
Don Francks ... Hobo Joe
Roc LaFortune ... Hobo Moe
Larry Day ... Government Agent
Paul Cagelet Paul Cagelet ... Carny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. Wilmes Brian R.C. Wilmes ... Circus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
Pierre-Alexandre Fortin ... Gorgeous George
Richie Havens ... Old Man Arvin
Tyrone Benskin ... Mr. Arvin
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Storyline

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

All I Can Do Is Be Me Whoever That Is

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Woody's encounter with the wrestler Gorgeous George is based on a real incident in Bob Dylan's memoir Chronicles Vol. 1. See more »

Goofs

Right after Jude leaves the Beatles and they are chased by fans, you can see the last person in the mob slow down immediately when they're behind the trellis. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There he lies. God rest his soul, and his rudeness. A devouring public can now share the remains of his sickness, and his phone numbers. There he lay: poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity. Nailed by a peeping tom, who would soon discover...
Jude: A poem is like a naked person...
Narrator:
  • even the ghost was more than one person.

Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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Connections

References  (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Man in the Long Black Coat
Performed by Bob Dylan
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A tribute to Dylan
29 October 2020 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

This movie can be difficult to follow if you are not familiar with Bob Dylan, but it is in fact a carefully and lovingly crafted tribute, that aims to reflect the essence of the artist's work and life. It is a fun take on its subject, though in order to be fully appreciated, one has to know what is being explored. Otherwise, it may seem a tedious watch, but perhaps that is appropriate as in order to fully appreciate Bob Dylan, one has to pay attention, and then it becomes quite rewarding. The shape-shifting nature of Bob Dylan has been portrayed, quite fittingly, by several actors of various backgrounds, ages, sexes and races - in that respect, it is as original and unexpected as its subject. All in all, an interesting, artistic and original but perhaps somewhat inaccessible - to an uninitiated viewer - tribute to one of the greatest artistic geniuses Americana has ever reared.


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Country:

Germany | Canada | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Not There See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$730,819, 25 November 2007

Gross USA:

$4,017,609

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,792,542
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (partly)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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