Archive of films Bob Roberts / Bob Roberts

USA / United Kingdom
1992, 102 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2018

A television crew headed by British journalist Terry follows the election campaign of country singer Bob Roberts as he vies for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Tim Robbins’s satirical mockumentary is a brilliant study of populism, media manipulation and political tactics that are not afraid to stoop to the lowest and dirtiest tricks.


Robert “Bob” Roberts knows what America needs. The cynical businessman and folk singer wraps his protest songs in ultraconservative catchphrases and immediately wins over the crowds hankering after simple assurances. Because “Bob” spelled backwards is still “Bob.” In the 1990s American actor Tim Robbins stepped up to the director’s chair, subsequently turning out several outstanding films. This mockumentary about the rise of an American senator is a sophisticated political satire and also illustrates Robbins’s versatility: he penned the screenplay for the picture, he directed it, appeared in the lead role, and co-wrote the songs, which he performs in the film. Robbins also secured the collaboration of several star colleagues for cameo appearances in this, his helming debut.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Tim Robbins (b. 1958, West Covina, California, USA). Selected filmography: Bob Roberts (1992), Dead Man Walking (1995), Cradle Will Rock (1999), Embedded (2005, taped stage play), Possible Side Effects (2009, TV film), City of Lies (2018)


Park Circus Limited
15 Woodside Crescent, G37UL, Glasgow
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 141 332 2175
Fax: +44 141 332 2133

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Special Events
Director: Tim Robbins
Screenplay: Tim Robbins
Dir. of Photography: Jean Lépine
Music: David Robbins
Editor: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Art Director: Gary Kosko
Producer: Forrest Murray
Production: Miramax
Coproduction: Live Entertainment, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, The Rank Organisation, Working Title Films
Cast: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise
Sales: Park Circus Limited


Tim Robbins


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