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Written and directed by actor Tim Robbins (who also plays the title role), this 1992 mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate is smart, funny, and scarily prescient in its foreshadowing of the Republican revolution of 1994. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the filmmakers follow his campaign, Robbins gives needle-sharp insight into the way candidates manipulate the media. While the film follows Roberts's campaign, it also covers a fringe journalist (Giancarlo Esposito), who may have dug up the kind of dirt to push Roberts's campaign off the rails. Robbins captures the chilly insincerity of this right-wing populist and fills his cast with terrific supporting players, including Alan Rickman as the campaign's shadowy financier and Susan Sarandon and Peter Gallagher as a pair of airhead TV news anchors. --Marshall Fine

Cast

Tim RobbinsBob Roberts
Giancarlo EspositoBugs Raplin
Alan RickmanLukas Hart III
Ray WiseChet MacGregor
Brian MurrayTerry Manchester
Gore VidalSenator Brickley Paiste
Harry LennixFranklin Dockett
Robert StantonBart Macklerooney
Tom AtkinsDr. Caleb Menck
David StrathairnMack Laflin
James SpaderChuck Marlin
Pamela ReedCarol Cruise
Helen HuntRose Pondell
Eva Amurri MartinoChild in Hospital
Lynne ThigpenKelly Noble
Jack BlackRoger Davis
Susan SarandonTawna Titan
Fred WardChip Daley
Fisher StevensRock Bork
John CusackCutting Edge Host
Bob BalabanMichael Janes
Ned BellamyUzi Kornhauser
Jeremy PivenCandle Seller

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Tim Robbins
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 102 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 4, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 17, 2000
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