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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 

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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.


Martin Scorsese
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Dylan ... Himself
B.J. Rolfzen B.J. Rolfzen ... Himself (voice)
Dick Kangas Dick Kangas ... Himself
Liam Clancy Liam Clancy ... Himself
Anthony Glover Anthony Glover ... Himself (as Tony Glover)
Paul Nelson Paul Nelson ... Himself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave Van Ronk Dave Van Ronk ... Himself (archive footage)
Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur ... Herself
John Cohen John Cohen ... Himself
Bruce Langhorne Bruce Langhorne ... Himself
Mark Spoelstra Mark Spoelstra ... Himself
Suze Rotolo Suze Rotolo ... Herself
Izzy Young Izzy Young ... Himself
Mitch Miller ... Himself


He is one of the most influential, inspiration and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now, Academy Awardâ"¢ winning director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob DylanâEUR(TM)s journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966.

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PBS [United States]


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Release Date:

27 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob Dylan Anthology Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Hibbing, Minnesota, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (2 part TV-miniseries) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Scorsese voiced the quotations of Bob Dylan's controversial speech made at the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee while receiving a Tom Paine Award. See more »


Footage of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is included among footage of New York City illustrating Bob Dylan's arrival there. See more »


Bob Dylan: [after just being told there was a man outside of the building declaring he was going to shoot him] Hey man... I don't mind being shot, I just don't dig being told about it.
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Features Battery Film (1985) See more »


Written and Performed by Allen Ginsberg
The Wylie Agency
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc
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Martin Scorsese's Musical Documentary Masterpiece
28 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

........ ........... ....................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

No Direction Home is, without a doubt, the very best music-themed Documentary I have ever seen in my life! For anyone who considers themselves someone with a special interest in pop culture, music, sociology or even contemporary history, this mesmerizing Martin Scorsese documentary not only is a "Must see", but I would say a "Must have"! (As in "your collection"!)

Here we gain the most fascinating insight into many aspects of Dylan's early career, his creative process, his relationships with other artists and music industry insiders, (particularly with one time love interest, Joan Baez) and the general interaction of Bob Dylan, his music, his growing popularity and the overall effect of these on our culture in the 1960's!

Some of what is covered I think I was previously aware of, some of it, I wasn't, and quite a bit of it had simply been forgotten, owing to the half a century that has passed! What surprised me most in DIRECTION HOME? Well, Joan Baez is interviewed extensively and has perhaps the most on-screen time other than Bob Dylan himself. In the 60's and 70's, I always admired Baez as a very talented, outspoken and highly principled young woman …But, quite honestly, never considered her as being very attractive. She has to be, what?...Like mid-to late 50's when she was interviewed for this documentary.

To see her now, so mature, articulate, radiant, overflowing with self- confidence…Well, let's just say that all of this made it EXTREMELY HARD for me to overlook her on screen appearance! Well, I certainly hope this review did not contain too much information!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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