Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts

Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise

     
 

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A searing and hilarious political satire concerning a folk singing senatorial candidate, Artisan's release of Bob Roberts is sure to please fans with its abundance of extra features. Presented in 1.33:1 full frame and featuring closed captioned Dolby Digital Surround audio, extra features include a commentary track with director/star Tim Robbins, a commentarySee more details below

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A searing and hilarious political satire concerning a folk singing senatorial candidate, Artisan's release of Bob Roberts is sure to please fans with its abundance of extra features. Presented in 1.33:1 full frame and featuring closed captioned Dolby Digital Surround audio, extra features include a commentary track with director/star Tim Robbins, a commentary track featuring Robbins and Gore Vidal, a commentary track featuring political editors Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, deleted scenes, production notes, cast and crew information, a photo gallery, theatrical trailers and television spots.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An ambitious, audacious directorial debut for Tim Robbins, this deft and occasionally savage satire displays a healthy contempt for our political process and the media that covers it. Robbins casts himself as Bob Roberts, a wealthy, rabidly right-wing folk singer determined to unseat liberal, longtime Senator Brickley Paiste (acidly played by novelist Gore Vidal). The resulting campaign reaches ludicrous heights of hypocrisy, with both candidates vying for the attention of an anesthetized public that seems to value show-biz panache over ideological integrity. Half mockumentary and half polemic, Bob Roberts is simultaneously exhilarating and depressing: Robbins portrays our political system as irreversibly corrupt, a cruel charade that encourages unqualified boobs to seek political office based on the size of their wallets and their egos. But this 1992 film is intelligent, energetic, and vibrantly acted; and the passage of time seems to have confirmed many of Robbins's trenchant observations. The Artisan Entertainment special-edition DVD includes an audio commentary track and behind-the-scenes footage.
All Movie Guide
Released just before the start of the Clinton presidency, Bob Roberts was a prescient pseudo-documentary take on the corruption of American politics by the media-savvy celebrity culture. As the second-term Clinton scandals broke, Wag the Dog, Primary Colors, and Bulworth took art-imitating-current-events irony even further, but Bob Roberts paved the way. The first writing/directing effort of actor Tim Robbins, the film stars Robbins as a self-promoting folk-singer who lauches a cynical, dirty senatorial campaign against an aging liberal incumbent played by Gore Vidal. Robbins wrote the script, directed the film, and even wrote the songs that his character performs. Something of a homage to Robert Altman's Nashville and Tanner '88, Bob Roberts is pure acid in its take on postmodern image-making, media manipulation, and political scheming.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0012236114888
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Commentary with Tim Robbins; Commentary with Tim Robbins and Gore Vidal; Commentary with political editors Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair; Full-screen version; 2.0 Dolby Surround audio; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; TV spots; Photo gallery; Cast and crew information; Production notes; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Bob Roberts
Giancarlo Esposito Bugs Raplin
Alan Rickman Lukas Hart III
Ray Wise Chet MacGregor
Brian Doyle-Murray Terry Manchester
Gore Vidal Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins Delores Perrigrew
Harry J. Lennix Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino Clark Anderson
Robert Stanton Bart Macklerooney
John Cusack Cutting Edge Host (special appearance)
Peter Gallagher News Anchor Dan Riley
Pamela Reed News Anchor Carol Cruise
Susan Sarandon News Anchor Tawna Titan
James Spader News Anchor Chuck Marin
David Strathairn Bug's Attorney Mack Laflin
Fred Ward News Anchor Chip Daley
Bob Balaban Producer Michael Janes, "Cutting Edge Live"
Helen Hunt Reporter Rose Pondell
Fisher Stevens Reporter Rock Bork
Rhonda Aldrich Actor
Larry John Meyers Police Spokesman
Susan Shaw Dancer
Merrilee Dale Polly Roberts
Tom Atkins Dr. Caleb Menck
Lynne Thigpen Kelly Noble
Bingo O'Malley Robert Roberts Sr.
Kathleen Chalfant Constance Roberts
Ruth Lesko School Teacher
Jack Black Roger
Anita Gillette Mrs. Davis
Matthew Faber Calvin
Matt McGrath Burt
Charles R. Altman Debate Moderator
Shannon Holt Rita the Obsessive Fan
Steve Pink Penn State Protester
Don Hewitt Stunts #1
Jerry Hewitt Stunts #2
Angela Hall Choir Soloist
Allan Nicholls Director, "Cutting Edge Live"
June Stein Carol, "Cutting Edge Live"
Adam Simon Head Writer, "Cutting Edge Live"
Ned Bellamy Uzi Kornhauser, "Cutting Edge Live"
Natalie Strong Kala Kornhauser, "Cutting Edge Live"
Pat Logan Policeman
Robert Hegyes Reporter Ernesto Galleano
Anthony di Leo Reporter
Ann Talman Reporter
Lamont Arnold Reporter
Adele Robbins Vigilante
Paul Quinn Vigilante
Dean Robinson Vigilante
Jeremy Piven Candle Seller
Lee Arenberg Religious Zealot
Brent Hinkley Bif the Patriot
Don Brockett Chairman
Tom Tully Reporter
Linda King DC Reporter

Technical Credits
Tim Robbins Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
James Bigwood Associate Producer
Lisa Churgin Editor
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Brian Kasch Set Decoration/Design
Bridget Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Kosko Art Director
Jean Lepine Cinematographer
Forrest Murray Producer
Allan Nicholls Associate Producer
David Robbins Score Composer
Ronna Wallace Executive Producer
Paul Webster Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Bob Roberts
2. Broken Dove
3. Good Morning, Philadelphia
4. With Pride
5. The Local News
6. Reading the Stock Market
7. "Wall Street Rap"
8. Devoted Followers
9. Lucas Hart III's Past
10. "Drugs Stink"
11. The Use of Force
12. Investigative Journalist
13. Beauty Pageant
14. Pennsylvania State Campaign Debate
15. The Smoking Gun
16. Violent Protest
17. Losing Control
18. Savings and Loan Scandal
19. Cutting Edge Live
20. Assassination Attempt
21. Chaos in the Streets
22. An American Martyr
23. Election Day
24. A Winner Is Declared
25. Kind Words
26. Raplin Is Released
27. Comeback Concert
28. Bugs Raplin Is Assassinated
29. End Credits

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