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Masked and Anonymous (2003)



Critic Consensus: Unintelligible and self-indulgent Bob Dylan vehicle.

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Set somewhere, sometime in an unnamed country, torn by civil war with unclear battle lines, impresario Uncle Sweetheart is scheming to find a headliner for a benefit concert. The purpose of the concert is unclear and the charity that the profits go to is its promoter's pockets. Nina Veronica is the veteran TV producer whose job it is to make sure that the concert is an international spectacle--yet her task is impossible to achieve. And when Uncle Sweetheart manages to get the iconic cult star Jack Fate released from prison to perform, the stage is set for tumult.

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Bob Dylan
as Jack Fate
Jeff Bridges
as Tom Friend
John Goodman
as Uncle Sweetheart
Jessica Lange
as Nina Veronica
Luke Wilson
as Bobby Cupid
Penelope Cruz
as Pagan Lace
Bruce Dern
as Editor
Ed Harris
as Oscar Vogel
Val Kilmer
as Animal Wrangler
Cheech Marin
as Prospero
Christian Slater
as Crew Guy No. 1
Chris Penn
as Crew Guy No. 2
Susan Tyrrell
as Ella the Fortuneteller
Tracey Walter
as Desk Clerk
Fred Ward
as Drunk
Larry Campbell
as Member of Jack Fate's Band
Alex Désert
as Valentine
Dan Frischman
as Eddie Quicksand and the Ventriloquist
Tony Garnier
as Member of Jack Fate's Band
Noel Gugliemi
as The Inmate
Shirley Jones
as Third World Prostitute (uncredited)
Tinashe Kachingwe
as Mrs.Brown's daughter
Reggie Lee
as Armed Man
Antonio David Lyons
as Government Soldier
Davenia McFadden
as Bus Driver
George Receli
as Member of Jack Fate's Band
Charlie Sexton
as Member of Jack Fate's Band
Jon Sklaroff
as Young Jack Fate
Susan Traylor
as Mrs.Brown
Perla Walter
as The Caretaker
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Critic Reviews for Masked and Anonymous

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (31)

A strong contender for the worst movie of the century.

November 9, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Far from the greatest story ever told.

October 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Absolutely no saving graces here.

October 3, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A fascinating mess.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The stellar but misguided cast ... is simply painful to watch as the doomed vehicle it's trapped in comes whistling toward a fiery crash landing.

September 5, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

A fascinating, vexing, indulgent, visionary, pretentious, mesmerizing pop culture curio.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Masked and Anonymous

Few film have pissed me off as much as "Masked and Anonymous" did. This movie is dead in the water. Sitting through this is like listening to an interminable speech by the town drunk: no form, no substance, endless hiccups. The cast: Jeff Bridges (!), Bob Dylan (!), John Goodman (!), Jessica Lange (!), Ed Harris (!) (who shows up in blackface for no other reason than, I assume, to shock us), Penelope Cruz (!), Luke Wilson (!), Angela Bassett (!), Bruce Dern (!), Val Kilmer (!), Fred Ward (!), Giovanni Ribisi (!), Mickey Rourke (!). What on the planet were the lot of them thinking?!

Christopher Lozier
Christopher Lozier

The story makes no sense and the cast seemed misguided. The only saving grace? Tremendous music from Bob Dylan. Only for a big Dylan fan. Fast forward to the musical performances. The rest of it is just too confusing.

Mike Adkins
Mike Adkins

Another movie that not many people seem to have heard of or seen. A low budget one week wonder shot by the BBC with a charitable cast that reportedly worked for free, I can guarantee that you have never seen a movie quite like this one. Bordering on a metaphorical bio-pic of my hero Bob Dyaln (Jack Fate) and hovering above the apocalyptic backdrop of a war torn (supposedly third world) country, Masked and Anonymous analyses the true nature of human behaviour. Starring Mickey Rourke, Jeff Bridges, Bob Dylan, Ed Harris, Luke Wilson, Val Kilmer and John Goodman just to name a few, this film is disturbing real and aside from Bob singing through out, sometimes in English and sometimes in Spanish, this movie is acceptionally memorable and deserving of praise that it rarely receives.

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