• Bob Roberts (2000)

Bob Roberts

Release Date: August 26th, 2000

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2000

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Brian Murray, Gore Vidal, Rebecca Jenkins, Harry Lennix, John Ottavino

Director: Tim Robbins

Genres: Comedy drama

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

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

Keywords: Witty, Pursuit, 1990s, Hotel, Office

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I like Bob Roberts - I like its audacity, its freedom to say the obvious things about how our political process has been debased - but if it had been only about campaign tactics and techniques, I would have liked it more. show more

  • 80

    Many smaller details also hit home, and though it certainly is exaggerated all over the place, the film is dead on and plays even better now than in '92. show more

  • 100
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Bob Roberts is a triumph in every respect: The editing is glorious, the use of music dazzling, the nebulous ending very true to life. [18 Sep 1992, p.3G]

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy