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Bob Roberts [DVD] [Special Edition; Sensormatic Security Tag]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Tim Robbins stars in his directorial debut as right-wing folksinger Bob Roberts in this satirical mock documentary. Roberts is joined on the Pennsylvania senatorial campaign trail by a British documentary filmmaker who offers insight into Roberts, his staff, and his supporters. Roberts is the anti-Bob Dylan, wowing his supporters with tunes such as "Times Are Changin' Back" and "Wall Street Rap" (which includes a video send-up of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues"). With his clean-cut good looks and squeaky-clean image, Roberts appears as American as apple pie. Yet, like most politicians, he harbors some nasty secrets, including potential involvement in illegal drug trafficking and bank scandals. And like most politicians, he is a master at manipulating the media. Roberts's political trickery turns serious when an innocent man is accused of attempting to assassinate the candidate. Some of Hollywood's best appear as news anchors and reporters, including Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Peter Gallagher, and Helen Hunt. Gore Vidal is immensely believable as the liberal incumbent trying to keep his Senate seat, battling Robbins, who is the consummate politician of the 1990s: lots of fluff and not much substance.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11488

  • Credits
    Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Susan Tomaling, Alan Rickman, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, Edgar Box, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, James Spader, Fred Ward, Lynne Thigpen, Jack Black, Brian Murray, Rebecca Jenkins, Harry J. Lennix, John Ottavino, Robert Stanton, Bob Balaban, Robert Hegyes, Helen Hunt, Pamela Reed, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Kelly Willis
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A very funny, sometimes prescient satire of American politics....There's a big imagination at work here..."
    New York Times

    "...A shrewd and scathingly funny piece of pointed political satire..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[Robbins] uses his very attractiveness -- his open nature, his sunny smile -- to show the hazards of choosing political candidates on their ability to make us feel comfortable..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...The best political satire of the '90s..."
    Total Film

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