Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban

Date of Birth: 16 Aug 1945

Country: USA

Biography: Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban is an American actor, author and director. One of his earliest appearances in film was in 1969's Midnight Cowboy. Prior to that, he filled the role of "Linus" in the original New York off-Broadway production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" in 1967. Among his early roles in the 1970s were those of Orr in Catch-22, and the interpreter David Laughlin in the 1977 Steven Spielberg science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind...(Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 59 (Actor), 11 (Director), 2 (Writer)

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    Ghost World
    Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. (MGM / UA)
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    Jakob the Liar
    A story about the astonishing things that happen when despair turns to hope among the residents of this small village in Nazi-occupied Poland. (Columbia Tristar)
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    The Majestic
    Set against the backdrop of the 1950's Hollywood blacklist, an ambitious screenwriter loses his job and his identity, only to find new courage and love in the heart of a small town's life.
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    The Mexican
    Jerry Welbach (Pitt) is a reluctant bagman who has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "The Mexican"...or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha (Roberts) to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border. (Dreamworks SKG)
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    A Mighty Wind
    Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter. (imdb)
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    The Tuxedo
    Suddenly thrust into a dangerous world of espionage and paired with a rookie partner (Hewitt) even less experienced than he is, cabbie-turned-chauffer Jimmy (Chan) becomes an unwitting - if impeccably dressed - secret agent. (DreamWorks)
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    Waiting for Guffman
    A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show.
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    Capote
    Truman Capote (Hoffman), during his research for his book In Cold Blood, an account of the murder of a Kansas family, the writer develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, one of the killers. (imdb)
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    Absence of Malice
    Revenge is sweet and Michael Colin Gallagher (Paul Newman) get 'em all. He beats them with his brains and their weaknesses. Wilford Brimley gives an Oscar worthy performance in a supporting role. (DuaneNeitzel)
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    A line worker, after a encounter with UFO's, feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (imdb)
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    Midnight Cowboy
    A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City. (imdb)
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    2010: The Year We Make Contact
    A joint American-Soviet space expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happen to the Discovery. (imdb)
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    Alice
    Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player... (imdb)
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    Whose Life Is It Anyway?
    Ken Harrison is an artist that makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck... (imdb)
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    Altered States
    A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (imdb)
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    Greedy
    Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books... (imdb)
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    Lady in the Water
    Cleveland Heep, a stuttering apartment superintendent, encounters a girl named Story swimming in the complex's pool. He soon learns that she comes from the Blue World, and has a message for mankind. Will he be able to help her complete her mission?
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    Prince of the City
    New York cop Daniel Ciello is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by internal affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption. (imdb)
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    Trust the Man
    An unflinching yet winsome exploration of modern relationships -- and modern men and women -- in all of their humor, tragedy, imperfection and triumph, this sophisticated comedy follows the romantic escapades of two New York couples. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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    The Late Shift
    HBO movie about the behind-the-scenes network politics responsible for the changes in late-night talk-show hosts, after the retirement of Johnny Carson from the Tonight Show on NBC. Jay Leno and David Letterman were both vying for the position, but Leno's tough manager Helen Kushnick got him the spot... (imdb)
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    For Your Consideration
    Christopher Guest focuses his lens on Hollywood's obsession with awards in this straightforward narrative about the little indie that could and its fragile and frantic mob of actors, crewmembers, media figures, executives and various hangers-on. (Warner Independent Pictures)
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    No Reservations
    Master chef Kate Armstrong lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe, while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer couldn't be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable... (Warner Bros.)
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    Dedication
    Dedication is a modern love story in which the misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book series is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and creative collaborator passes away. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts of love and life, he discovers that maybe all it takes is a little dedication to find love. (The Weinstein Company)
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    Recount
    Recount (2008) - TV Movie
    A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida. (imdb)
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    Girlfriends
    A movie about women's relationships with their friends and how relationships with men can change their relationships with each other. (imdb)
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    The Strawberry Statement
    Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest, demonstrations and protests. However, curiosity gets the best of him and he begins exploring the inner sanctum of the students who have invaded the dean's office. He soon meets Linda and becomes a loyal member of the student revolution to meet girls. (imdb)
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    The Windmill Movie
    Filmmaker Richard P. Rogers tried for twenty years to make a documentary about his own life. He died in 2001, leaving the project unfinished, until his widow, acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas, commissioned his former student Alexander Olch to make a film out of the pieces. (imdb)
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    Rage
    A young blogger at a New York fashion house shoots behind-the-scenes interviews on his cell-phone. (imdb)
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    Dead Bang
    A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy extremists. In addition to the racists, Beck also has to contend with an unhelpful FBI agent. (imdb)
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    Plan B
    After her loser hubby gets bumped off and leaves her with a mountain of gambling debts, meek Fran Maloni (Diane Keaton) finds herself working for a mob kingpin (Paul Sorvino) -- as an assassin. But Fran can't seem to pull the trigger, so she devises an alternative plan: Fake the killings and conceal the mafioso's would-be victims at her brother's home in Florida. Trouble crops up, however, when Fran's boss wants to see the corpses.
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    The Monster Hunter
    Residents of an East Texas town react strangely when a serial killer invades their small town world. (imdb)
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    End of the Line
    When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president. (imdb)
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    Report to the Commissioner
    A young NYPD detective learns (the hard way) about the politics that govern a big-city police department. He kills a lady-detective/colleague whose undercover garb concealed her profession and he gets caught up in a department cover-up. (imdb)
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    Me, Natalie
    A young woman struggles for independence. (imdb)
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    Thin Ice
    An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer. (imdb)
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    Moonrise Kingdom
    A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. (imdb)
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    Girl Most Likely
    Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon headline this hilarious comedy about a washed-up playwright who, after faking her own suicide as a ploy to get her ex-boyfriend's attention, winds up remanded to the custody of her wackily dysfunctional family. (tiff.net)
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    F--K
    F--K (2010) - Short Film
    Some people will do anything to find the location. (imdb)
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    The Face of Fear
    A killer traps an unarmed police detective and her husband, a former mountaineer with psychic powers, in a Manhattan office building. (imdb)
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    The Monuments Men
    An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (imdb)
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    Show Me a Hero
    Show Me a Hero (2015) - TV Mini-Series
    Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis. When federal courts ordered public housing be built in the white, middle class side of town, it divided the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics. (imdb)
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    Everything Is Copy
    A look at the life and work of writer/filmmaker Nora Ephron. (imdb)
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    Eva Hesse
    Documentary feature film focusing on the life and times of Eva Hesse, a ground-breaking artist who was active in New York and Germany in the 1960's. (imdb)
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    The Making of \
    This documentary, made for the DVD release of the movie, provides movie fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film that, with 'Star Wars', ushered in a new era in Science Fiction. Includes interviews with director Steven Spielberg, star Richard Dreyfuss and other members of the cast and crew, who tell their stories of what it was like to be involved in the film, as well as the enormous effort that went into making Spielberg's vision a reality. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher
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    Mascots
    A look into the world of competitive mascots.
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    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
    A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house. (imdb)
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    Marriage: Year One
    A fourth-year medical student marries a millionaire's daughter, but he insists that they live on the little money that he earns. (imdb)
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    Wormwood
    Wormwood (2017) - TV Mini-Series
    This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. A family story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. A quest which brings him face-to-face with some of the darkest secrets of the United States. (imdb)
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    Condor
    Condor (2018) - TV Series
    A young CIA analyst Joe Turner, whose idealism is tested when he joins the CIA hoping to reform it from within but stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.
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    For Love or Money
    Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers that his "saviour" is having an affair with the woman he loves! Now, he must choose between money and love... (imdb)
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    An L.A. Minute
    "An L.A. Minute" is a satirical look at fame, success, the star-making machinery and the karma that attaches to all those who worship at the altar of Celebrity. Best-selling author Ted Gold faces a moral dilemma when Velocity, an avant-garde performance artist and the living embodiment of integrity, rocks his 1% world. (imdb)
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    Clockwatchers
    Iris can best be described as a wallflower. She begins her first day as a temp for the nondescript Global... (imdb)
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    Amos & Andrew
    When Andrew Sterling, a successful black urbanite writer buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar. After surrounding his home with armed men, Chief Tolliver realizes his mistake and to avoid the bad publicity offers a thief in his jail, Amos Odell a deal. (imdb)
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    Fading Gigolo
    Woody Allen plays as bookseller-turned-pimp to John Turturro's middle-aged neophyte hustler, in actor-writer-director Turturro's inspired left-field comedy. The premise is as inspired as it is absurd, and Turturro carries it off with his own affecting and surprisingly romantic vision of New York City. (tiff.net)
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    City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly\
    The second part of City Slickers begins after the death of Curly. It is the 40th birthday of Mitch Robbins and the day begins quite good until he returns home (after a hard day at the radio station) and finds his brother Glen, the black sheep of the family, in his sofa. (imdb)
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    The Politician
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    The Chair
    The Chair (2021) - TV Series
    At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.
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    Moonrise Kingdom: Animated Book Short
    This is a preview to the movie Moonrise Kingdom, In which Bob Balaban describes Suzy's books and Suzy reads from them. There is also some animation involved when Suzy reads from each book.
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    Carl Laemmle
    Carl Laemmle is a feature documentary about the extraordinary life story of Carl Laemmle, the German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures, and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany. (imdb)
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