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Story

Masked and Anonymous is a mesmerizing experiment in surreal drama with lyrical content, a cinematic approximation of an epic Bob Dylan song on the order of "Desolation Row." Not coincidentally, Dylan is a co-writer and star of this 2003 film, playing an enigmatic folk-rocker named Jack Fate, a political prisoner in an unnamed, civil war-torn country. Set free to headline a benefit concert organized by an unscrupulous promoter (John Goodman) and television executive (Jessica Lange), Jack embarks on a fateful journey through a battle-scarred land. Taken literally, Masked and Anonymous proves bewildering, even exasperating, but as a feverish act of unrestrained political satire the film has a lot to offer, including some of the best recent performances by Goodman, Lange, Jeff Bridges (as a cynical journalist), Val Kilmer (a babbling prophet), Luke Wilson (a musician), and Giovanni Ribisi (a haunted soldier). Dylan himself proves a stiff cipher, but fun to watch. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Bob DylanJack Fate
Jeff BridgesTom Friend
Penelope CruzPagan Lace
John GoodmanUncle Sweetheart
Jessica LangeNina Veronica
Luke WilsonBobby Cupid
Angela BassettMistress
Steven BauerEdgar
Michael Paul ChanGuard
Bruce DernEditor
Ed HarrisOscar Vogel
Val KilmerAnimal Wrangler
Cheech MarinProspero
Chris PennCrew Guy #2
Giovanni RibisiSoldier
Mickey RourkeEdmund
Christian SlaterCrew Guy #1
Susan TyrrellElla the Fortune Teller
Fred WardDrunk
Robert WisdomLucius
Alex DésertValentine
Treva EtiennePercy
Dan FrischmanEddie Quicksand
Eddie GorodetskyBacchus
Noel GugliemiInmate #1
Shawn Michael HowardNestor

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Larry Charles
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 106 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 17, 2004
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