R | | Comedy, Drama
A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.
This film was Tim Robbins directorial debut. His friend Helen Hunt appeared in it in a brief cameo as a television news reporter. When Hunt made her feature directorial debut with Then She Found Me (2007), Robbins returned the favor and appeared briefly as one of the interviewees on the Bette Midler character's talk show.
Don't smoke crack. It's a ghetto drug.
The film takes place in 1990, on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. In real life, neither of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seats were up for re-election that year.
Towards the end of the final credits, there is a heart-shaped outline surrounding the initials EMLA, JHR, MGR & SS (SS is in the center)... These stand for Susan Sarandon, their two children together, Jack Henry Robbins & Miles Guthrie Robbins, his step-daughter Eva Maria Livia Amurri (Susan's daughter with film-maker, Franco Amurri.) This is also in the credits for "Cradle Will Rock", another Tim Robbins directed film. Thanks are given to "The Bob Roberts Dancers"...