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I'm Not There (2007)

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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

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Todd Haynes

Writers:

Todd Haynes (screenplay), Oren Moverman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Jude
Ben Whishaw ... Arthur
Christian Bale ... Jack / Pastor John
Richard Gere ... Billy
Marcus Carl Franklin ... Woody / Chaplin Boy
Heath Ledger ... Robbie
Kris Kristofferson ... Narrator (voice)
Don Francks ... Hobo Joe
Roc LaFortune ... Hobo Moe
Larry Day ... Government Agent
Paul Cagelet ... Carny / Bell-Hop
Brian R.C. Wilmes Brian R.C. Wilmes ... Circus Man (as Brian RC Wilmes)
Pierre-Alexandre Fortin ... Gorgeous George
Richie Havens ... Old Man Arvin
Tyrone Benskin ... Mr. Arvin
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Storyline

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All I Can Do Is Be Me Whoever That Is


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Not There See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$730,819, 25 November 2007

Gross USA:

$4,017,609

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,792,542
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (partly)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The man in the viking outfit and café Wha? seen in the beginning sequence of the film are all references to Bob Dylan's first experiences playing music in New York city. The man in the viking outfit was Moondog, a blind poet Bob Dylan was associated with, and café wha? was where Dylan began playing music in New York. All of this information is shared in Dylan's book "Chronicles volume I". See more »

Goofs

When Woody's character is first seen he is running towards a train going North but when he is sitting on the train, it is noticeably going South. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There he lies. God rest his soul, and his rudeness. A devouring public can now share the remains of his sickness, and his phone numbers. There he lay: poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity. Nailed by a peeping tom, who would soon discover...
Jude: A poem is like a naked person...
Narrator:
  • even the ghost was more than one person.

Arthur: ...but a song is something that walks by itself.
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Connections

References Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Pressing On
Performed by John Doe
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music (SESAC)
Produced by Joe Henry
John Doe appears courtesy of Yep Roc Records
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Bob Dylan's 2007th Dream
22 November 2007 | by Cheetah-6See all my reviews

Take all the music, everything you've heard, read, seen in documentaries about Bob and throw them in a blender and pull them out and what you get is "I'm not there" And it's a tasty concoction of a movie that comes off like a dream of everything that's publicly known about his life. Perhaps even Bob himself dreaming about the course of his life. The more you do know about what's out there about Bob the more you'll be able to make the connections with the scenes in this beautiful montage about the poet, songwriter, and musician genius of the last 60 plus years. This is a great film about a very complicated artist who could never be pinned down as representing any one ideology or persona although he seemed to imply many. I suppose Dylan will always be the great enigma and this film only helps to perpetuate it, which is part of what makes it so successful but as we all now know there's no success like failure and failure's no success at all.


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