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In the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, producer/ director/ star Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts is a satire disguised as a documentary. Robbins plays the titular Roberts, a wealthy, well-connected young man running for a senatorial seat in Pennsylvania. On the surface, Roberts is an ingratiating glad-hander, a sincere believer in the restoration of such intangibles as national pride, family values, etc. But the longer Roberts is followed about by documentary filmmaker Brian Murray, the more we become aware that the candidate is a textbook case of cynicism and contempt. Only Giancarlo Esposito, a reporter for an underground newspaper, is willing to dig beneath Roberts' veneer--a habit that leads to the film's ironic conclusion. Several well-known actors make cameo appearances as TV commentators, notably Tim Robbins' longtime partner Susan Sarandon. Bob Roberts started out as a Tim Robbins-directed short subject for the TV series Susan Sarandon, then was expanded into a $4 million feature. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 4, 1992


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tim Robbins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1992 Nominee


Tim Robbins
as Bob Roberts
Giancarlo Esposito
as Bugs Raplin
Alan Rickman
as Lukas Hart III
Ray Wise
as Chet MacGregor
Brian Doyle-Murray
as Terry Manchester
Gore Vidal
as Senator Brickley Paiste
Rebecca Jenkins
as Delores Perrigrew
Harry J. Lennix
as Franklin Dockett
John Ottavino
as Clark Anderson
Robert Stanton
as Bart Macklerooney
John Cusack
as Cutting Edge Host (special appearance)
Peter Gallagher
as News Anchor Dan Riley
Pamela Reed
as News Anchor Carol Cruise
Susan Sarandon
as News Anchor Tawna Titan
James Spader
as News Anchor Chuck Marin
David Strathairn
as Bug's Attorney Mack Laflin
Fred Ward
as News Anchor Chip Daley
Bob Balaban
as Producer Michael Janes, "Cutting Edge Live"
Helen Hunt
as Reporter Rose Pondell
Fisher Stevens
as Reporter Rock Bork
Anthony di Leo, Jr.
as Reporter
Tom Tully
as Reporter
Jeremy Piven
as Candle Seller
Charles R. Altman
as Debate Moderator
Allan Nicholls
as Director, "Cutting Edge Live"
Ann Talman
as Reporter
Steve Pink
as Penn State Protester
Matthew Faber
as Calvin
Brent Hinkley
as Bif the Patriot
Shannon Holt
as Rita the Obsessive Fan
Jerry Hewitt
as Stunts #2
Lee Arenberg
as Religious Zealot
Lynne Thigpen
as Kelly Noble
Matt McGrath
as Burt
Ruth Lesko
as School Teacher
Paul Quinn
as Vigilante
Larry John Meyers
as Police Spokesman
Don Hewitt, Sr.
as Stunts #1
Jack Black
as Roger
Rhonda Aldrich
Natalie Strong
as Kala Kornhauser, "Cutting Edge Live"
Adam Simon
as Head Writer, "Cutting Edge Live"
June Stein
as Carol, "Cutting Edge Live"
Pat Logan
as Policeman
Angela Hall
as Choir Soloist
Adele Robbins
as Vigilante
Tom Atkins
as Dr. Caleb Menck
Anita Gillette
as Mrs. Davis
Ned Bellamy
as Uzi Kornhauser, "Cutting Edge Live"
Lamont Arnold
as Reporter
Kathleen Chalfant
as Constance Roberts
Dean Robinson
as Vigilante
Don Brockett
as Chairman
Bingo O'Malley
as Robert Roberts Sr.


Tim Robbins
Forrest Murray
Tim Robbins
Jean Lepine
Tim Robbins
Lisa Churgin
Richard Hoover
Production Designer
Gary Kosko
Art Director
Allan Nicholls
Associate Producer
James Bigwood
Associate Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Paul Webster
Executive Producer
Ronna Wallace
Executive Producer
Brian Kasch
Set Designer
Mark Seldis
Unit Production Manager
Jeannee Josefczyk