Watch Trailer for Bob Dylan Movie ‘Trouble No More’
The Bob Dylan movie Trouble No More, which focuses on one of his notorious gospel-years tours, will debut on Cinemax on Feb. 26. You can watch a trailer for the film above.
The Bob Dylan Gospel Tour ran from Nov. 1, 1979, to May 21, 1980, and consisted of 79 performances, based around his 1979 album Slow Train Coming. He wrote the songs after becoming a committed Christian and began studying the Bible.
The tour upset longtime fans because Dylan didn’t play any of his older material. Many walked out of the shows.
Some of those fans reactions are included in Trouble No More, which also features actor Michael Shannon delivering “sermons” as “The Preacher.” The live concert footage is taken from Dylan’s appearances in Toronto and Buffalo during the final weeks of the tour.
The movie premiered at the New York Film Festival last year and was also part of the deluxe Bootleg Series box set, also called Trouble No More. The Cinemax showing marks the film's wider release.
“Jesus put his hand on me. It was a physical thing. I felt it all over me. My whole body trembled,” Dylan told the Washington Post in 1980. “The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me back up.”
Asked why he’d stopped performing his older songs, he said, “I truly had a born-again experience, if you want to call it that. It's an overused term, but it's something that people can relate to. … I always knew there was a God or a creator of the universe and a creator of the mountains and the sea and all that kind of thing, but I wasn't conscious of Jesus and what that had to do with the supreme creator.”