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Bob Roberts

Rated R, 101 min. Directed by Tim Robbins. Starring Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, Alan Rickman, Brian Murray.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Sept. 18, 1992

This Tim Robbins-helmed political satire about demogougery makes for an appropriate election-season re-release. “The character of Bob Roberts (Robbins) is a folksinger/self-made millionaire/senatorial candidate. He is a rebel conservative who appropriates liberal touchstones of the Sixties and Seventies for his own agenda. He is a money and information monger whose bid for public service is merely a means to personal ends. He is a populist stumping for self-interest. Non-believers call him a ‘crypto-fascist.’ Bob Roberts skirts most of the hard, really substantive issues involved in an election campaign ñ but that may just be one of its points about demagogues.”

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