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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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Box Office

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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Singers John Doe and Mason Jennings provided the singing voice for Christian Bale's character and Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement fame) provided the singing for Cate Blanchett's character. Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw don't sing at all in the film. Ironically, both Bale and Gere have sung in movies before. See more »

Goofs

The phone at the Peacocks house is too modern for the time - the cord going into the handset had a clip in cord versus being attached directly to the piece. 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

Referenced in Life During Wartime (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Tambourine Man
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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Not For Everyone!
12 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you are thinking about seeing this movie I would suggest that you research Dylan first; otherwise you will be lost from the get-go, like I was.

You need to know that the characters all represent different aspects of Dylan, and that even though they are "Dylan" they have different names. Some of the Dylan aspects are personified as a young black boy using the name Woody Guthrie, a woman, and a middle-aged Billy the Kidd, for example. And the film jumps from character to character and then back again, frequently.

Chances are, if you are not an art film aficionado, you won't care for this one. On the other hand, if you do your Dylan homework, you may very well enjoy it even though it isn't typical mainstream movie fare.


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