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I'm Not There. (2007)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jude
... Arthur
... Jack / Pastor John
... Billy
... Woody / Chaplin Boy
... Robbie
... Narrator (voice)
... Hobo Joe
... Hobo Moe
... Government Agent
... Carny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. Wilmes ... Circus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
Pierre-Alexandre Fortin ... Gorgeous George
Richie Havens ... Old Man Arvin
... Mr. Arvin
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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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All I Can Do Is Be Me Whoever That Is


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

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7 December 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$730,819, 22 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,017,609, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,664,116, 28 July 2012
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Trivia

In the "Jude" storyline, when Jude Quinn is revealed to have originally been Aaron Jacob Edlestein in high school, the picture shows Christian Bale although the "Dylan" in this storyline is played by Cate Blanchett. See more »

Goofs

When Woody's character is first seen he is running towards a train going North but when he is sitting on the train, it is noticeably going South. 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...
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  • even the ghost was more than one person.

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

Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Performed by Antony and the Johnsons (as Antony & The Johnsons)
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Ram's Horn Music (SESAC)
Antony & The Johnsons appear courtesy of Rebis Productions, LLC
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Essential for any Dylan fan
5 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I just saw I'm Not There at the Telluride Film Festival. It is AMAZING. The performances are nothing short of spectacular. Cate Blanchett really nails the role except that her voice obviously can't hit the same bass as the real Bob Dylan. She does, however, look creepily like Dylan in many instances and really gets the mannerisms right. Christian Bale is another standout. It should be mentioned that all of the performances are really top-notch, nobody falls short. The music was fantastic, too (obviously). My one complaint would be that the film goes on a bit longer than it probably needs to but not enough to affect my overall score. I floated out of the theater after seeing this one. It is definitely essential for all Dylan fans. Many of the people I saw the film with were not very familiar with Dylan's life or music but they said they enjoyed it as well. See it the day it comes out!


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