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      Bob Roberts

      1992, Comedy/Drama, 1h 42m

      44 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Behind and in front of the camera, Tim Robbins delivers a landslide comedic victory with Bob Roberts -- a shrewdly crackling lampoon of modern politics. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Millionaire conservative Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) launches an insurgent campaign against incumbent senator Brickley Paiste (Gore Vidal), firing up crowds at his rallies by singing '60s-style acoustic folk songs with lyrics espousing far-right conservative social and economic views. Investigative journalist Bugs Raplin (Giancarlo Esposito) shadows the Roberts campaign, trying to connect Roberts to a drug-trafficking scheme, but an assassination attempt lays suspicion on both men.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Tim Robbins

      • Producer: Forrest Murray

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $3.5M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Pioneer Entertainment, Pathé Contemporary Films, Live Video, Paramount Pictures, Artisan Entertainment

      • Production Co: Miramax Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Live Entertainment

      • Sound Mix: Stereo, Dolby, Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Tim Robbins
      Ray Wise
      Brian Murray
      Gore Vidal
      Rebecca Jenkins
      Harry Lennix
      John Ottavino
      Robert Stanton
      Kelly Willis
      Tim Bevan
      Ronna B. Wallace
      Paul Webster
      David Robbins
      Tim Robbins
      Jean Lépine
      Richard Hoover
      Gary Kosko
      Brian Kasch
      Bridget Kelly

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      • Jun 25, 2017

        Gets a bit too peachy at times, but overall the political commentary and satire play well (arguably even more so now than in '92).

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      • Feb 14, 2013

        Decent American political satire which sadly lacks teeth.

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      • Jan 17, 2012

        Bob Roberts is a hilarious political satire mockumentary, relating the events of a fictional senatorial campaign. Despite coming out in 1992, many of the issues it brings up are surprisingly timely (occurring in the midst of the Gulf War), it has a lot of interesting (if not unfamiliar) things to say on our political system. The film's politics are driven by liberal-cliches, but it's done in a smart way that mocks the overall system rather than one party, and does so with some poignant thoughts from the great Gore Vidal (who also stars in the film). By far the best things about the film is the unbelievable cast filled with cameos from the top actors of the 90s (James Spader, John Cusack, etc), but also a number of laugh out loud lines such as: "Don't smoke crack. It's a ghetto drug." "I could use a strong finisher myself sometimes "

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      • Jan 20, 2011

        I hate these boring political dramas that try to be slightly satirical, as if that's going to entertain people. Politics is so boring, and this movie doesn't do anything (except maybe adding Rickman as eye candy) to make the audience interested in it. It's not one of the worst movies out there, but I really didn't care for it.

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