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Chaplin -- A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker.
Chaplin -- A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker.

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Release Date:
8 January 1993 (USA) See more »
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He made the whole world laugh and cry. He will again. See more »
Plot:
A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Downey Jr. Felt Like a Drowning Mouse
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Downey Jr. Reveals Reason for Moving Wedding
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Downey To Wed?
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A spectacular portrayal of the unseen life of Charlie Chaplin. See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Downey Jr. ... Charles Spencer Chaplin

Geraldine Chaplin ... Hannah Chaplin

Paul Rhys ... Sydney Chaplin

John Thaw ... Fred Karno

Moira Kelly ... Hetty Kelly / Oona O'Neill Chaplin

Anthony Hopkins ... George Hayden

Dan Aykroyd ... Mack Sennett

Marisa Tomei ... Mabel Normand

Penelope Ann Miller ... Edna Purviance

Kevin Kline ... Douglas Fairbanks

Maria Pitillo ... Mary Pickford

Milla Jovovich ... Mildred Harris

Kevin Dunn ... J. Edgar Hoover

Deborah Moore ... Lita Grey (as Deborah Maria Moore)

Diane Lane ... Paulette Goddard

Nancy Travis ... Joan Barry

James Woods ... Joseph Scott
Hugh Downer ... Charlie Age 5
Nicholas Gatt ... Sydney Age 9

Bill Paterson ... Stage Manager
Anthony Bowles ... Conductor
Bryan Coleman ... Drunk
Howard Lew Lewis ... Workhouse Official (as Howard 'Lew' Lewis)

P.H. Moriarty ... Workhouse Official
Brian Lipson ... Warder

Alan Ford ... Warder
Thomas Bradford ... Charlie Age 14 (as Tom Bradford)
Liz Porter ... Matchgirl
Ultan Ely-O'Carroll ... Rummy Binks
Marcus Eyre ... Policeman
Anwar Adaoui ... Lambeth Kid
Ben Bilson ... Lambeth Kid
Matthew Cartwright ... Lambeth Kid
Ian Covington ... Lambeth Kid
Adam Goodwin ... Lambeth Kid
Milly Gregory ... Lambeth Kid
Sam Holland ... Lambeth Kid
Josh Maguire ... Lambeth Kid
Daniel Sherman ... Lambeth Kid
Luke Strain ... Lambeth Kid
Frankie Sullivan ... Lambeth Kid
Karen Salt ... Little Girl
Gerald Sim ... Doctor
Una Brandon-Jones ... Inmate
Audrey Leybourne ... Inmate
Graham Sinclair ... Master of Ceremonies
Karen Lewis ... Yankee Doodle Dancer
Andrée Bernard ... Yankee Doodle Dancer (as Andree Bernard)
Carole Jahme ... Yankee Doodle Dancer
Jacqueline Leonard ... Yankee Doodle Dancer
Claire Perriam ... Yankee Doodle Dancer
Theresa Petts ... Yankee Doodle Dancer
David Gant ... London Maitre d'

Mary Healey ... Mrs. Karno
Malcolm Terris ... Stallholder
Phil Brown ... Projectionist
Matthew Cottle ... Stan Laurel
Ena Baga ... Pianist

David Duchovny ... Rollie Totheroh
Mario Govoni ... Swiss Butler

David Mooney ... Wedding Photographer
C.J. Golden ... Bride's Mother
Raymond Lynch ... Bride's Father
Peter Georges ... Groom

Mike Randleman ... Groom's Mother
Mike Peluso ... Groom's Father
Caroline Cornell ... Wedding Guest
Ann Fairlie ... Wedding Guest
Paul Hayes ... Wedding Guest
Dennis Vero ... Wedding Guest

Francesca Buller ... Minnie Chaplin
Nick Corello ... Masseur
Richard Fast ... Bronco Billy Anderson

Brad Blumenthal ... Party Photographer (as Brad Parker)
Yoshio Be ... Chauffeur
Peter Crook ... Frank Hooper
David Totheroh ... Cameraman
Jack Totheroh ... Cameraman
Jack Ritschel ... William Randolph Hearst
Heather McNair ... Marion Davies
Laura Bastianelli ... Dinner Guest
Joy Claussen ... Dinner Guest
Paul Bruno Grenier ... Dinner Guest
Marykate Harris ... Dinner Guest

Charles Howerton ... Dinner Guest

Jason Logan ... Dinner Guest
Renata Scott ... Dinner Guest

Michael Villani ... Dinner Guest (as Mike Villani)
Jerry Jensen ... Hotel Porter (as Jerry Jenson)
Larry Randolph ... Waiter

Alan Charof ... Federal Marshal (as Alan Charoff)
Dana Craig ... Federal Marshal
Kennedy Grant ... Federal Marshal
Ken Magee ... Federal Marshal

Benjamin Whitrow ... Station Master (as Ben Whitrow)
Edward Crangle ... Young Autograph Hunter
Stuart Richman ... Barman
Mark Vegh ... Barman
Caroline Guthrie ... Courting Couple
Lawrence Lambert ... Courting Couple

Robert Stephens ... Ted the Drunk
Tim Chaplin ... Working Man
Nick Edmett ... Working Man
David Finch ... Working Man
Mark Long ... Working Man
Tommy Wright ... Working Man
Leonard Kirby ... Young Fan

Sean O'Bryan ... Lewis Seeley

Donald Elson ... Prop Man

Donnie Kehr ... Sound Engineer
Sky Rumph ... Charles Chaplin jr. Age 7

Bradley Pierce ... Sydney Chaplin jr. Age 8
Richard James ... Pianist
William Dennis Hunt ... US Maitre D'
Michael Blevins ... David Raksin

Norbert Weisser ... German Diplomat
Vicki Frederick ... Party Guest

Gene Wolande ... Party Guest

Michael Adler ... Party Guest
Iris Bath ... Party Guest
Thomas K. Belgrey ... Party Guest
Tom Preston ... Party Guest
Mary Stark ... Party Guest
Annie Waterman ... Party Guest

Noah Lee Margetts ... Clapper Boy (as Noah Margetts)
Rhett Smith ... Tennis Party Guest

John Standing ... Butler

Michael A. Goorjian ... Charles Chaplin Jr (as Michael Goorjian)

Michael Cade ... Sydney Chaplin Jr
Todd Mason Covert ... Reporter
Phil Forman ... Reporter
Charley J. Garrett ... Reporter
Jerry Giles ... Reporter
Howard Hughes ... Reporter
Jayson Kane ... Reporter
Michael Miller ... Reporter

John Otrin ... Reporter
J. Michael Patterson ... Reporter
Paul Sinclair ... Reporter

Terrence Stone ... Reporter
Ralph Votrian ... Reporter
Emma Lewis ... Production Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sacha Bennett ... Unidentified Role (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... The Little Tramp / Adenoid Hynkel / A Jewish Barber (archive footage) (uncredited)
Virginia Cherrill ... A Blind Girl (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jackie Coogan ... The Kid (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ken Gehrig ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Paulette Goddard ... A Gamine (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Glenn Harding ... Movie Patron (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kirk Jordan ... Tennis Pro (uncredited)
Vivien Latham ... Silent Movie Actress (uncredited)
John Howard Lawson ... Himself - Testifies Before HUAC (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jack Lemmon ... Himself - Oscar Sequence (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walter Matthau ... Himself - Oscar Sequence (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself - Baits Reds (archive footage) (uncredited)

David Lee McLain ... Keystone Fireman (uncredited)
Charles D. Miller ... Party Guest at Douglas Fairbanks' Mansion (uncredited)
Annie Muñoz ... Daughter of Movie Star (uncredited)
Lance Patrick ... Joe (uncredited)

Robert Peters ... Great Dictator Cinematographer (uncredited)
David Robinson ... Douglas Fairbanks' Manservant (uncredited)
Jessica Russell ... Shirley (uncredited)
Reuven Russell ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bob Sallese ... Token Male Juror (uncredited)
Julius Schaub ... Himself - Behind Hitler (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marc Ian Sklar ... Parking Attendent (uncredited)
Mack Swain ... Big Jim McKay (archive footage) (uncredited)
Daniel Taradash ... Himself - Oscar Sequence (archive footage) (uncredited)

Philip Waley ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)

Laurel Whitsett ... Script Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Robinson (book "Chaplin His Life and Art")

Charles Chaplin (book "My Autobiography")

Diana Hawkins (story)

William Boyd (screenplay) and
Bryan Forbes (screenplay) and
William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Attenborough .... producer
Terence A. Clegg .... co-producer
Diana Hawkins .... associate producer
Mario Kassar .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Susie Figgis 
Valorie Massalas 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
John Mollo 
 
Makeup Department
Carole Bennett .... hair stylist: London
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
John Caglione Jr. .... prosthetics makeup creator: Chaplin
Kathy W. Estocin .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Kathy Estocin)
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Virginia G. Hadfield .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Virginia Hadfield)
Pauline Heys .... makeup artist: London
Stephanie Kaye .... hair styles supervisor
Robert Laden .... prosthetic appliance: Fairbanks, Los Angeles (as Bob Laden)
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist: London
Sue Love .... hair stylist: London
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Jill Rockow .... key makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup supervisor
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Audrey L. Anzures .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Susan Boyd .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Donna Drexler .... foam latex supervisor (uncredited)
Sarah Love .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... executive in charge of production (as Terence Clegg)
Chris Coles .... unit production manager
Basil Somner .... unit production manager: London
Sandor Von Orosz .... unit manager: Vevey (as Sandor Van Orosz)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Cleary .... key second assistant director
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director
Kate Hazell .... third assistant director: London
Patrick Kinney .... second assistant director: London
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director: Los Angeles (as Micky Moore)
Patrick Regan .... first assistant director: Los Angeles, second unit (as Pat Regan)
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Adams .... prop storeman: London
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Richard Baum .... propman: Los Angeles
Greg Benge .... propman: Los Angeles
Larry Clark Bird .... property master: Los Angeles (as Larry Bird)
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist: London
Robert A. Blackburn .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Adam J. Braff .... set dresser: Los Angeles (as Adam Braff)
Alan Brooks .... supervising carpenter: London
Chris Butler .... set decorator: Los Angeles (as Chris A. Butler)
Dennis Butterworth .... greensman: Los Angeles
Ray Campbell .... stand-by painter: London
Frank Capello .... construction foreman: Los Angeles (as Frank A. Capello)
Frank Carter .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
George Chambers .... stand-by stagehand: London
Jeff Clark .... signwriter: Los Angeles
Don Clayson .... supervising plasterer: London
Dan Colegrove .... propmaker gangboss
Michael A. Contreraz .... labor foreman
George Coussins .... chargehand carpenter: London
Laura Craig .... art department assistant: London
Peter Dorme .... junior draughtsman: London
Stephen Eels .... stand-by carpenter: London
Chuck Eskridge .... stand-by painter: Los Angeles
Jody Gaber .... assistant to production designer: Los Angeles (as Jody Levine)
Sara Gardner-Gail .... set dresser: Los Angeles (as Sara Gardner)
Bobby Joe Garren .... stand-by greensman: Los Angeles (as Robert J. Garren)
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Kavin Hall .... supervising painter: London
Peter Hancock .... property master: London
Robert Harper .... chargehand painter: London
Michael Hayward .... chargehand carpenter: London
Robert Hill .... chargehand stand-by prop: London
Geoff Hubbard .... assistant art director: Los Angeles
John King .... art director: London
Jonas Kirk .... construction foreman: Los Angeles (as C. Jonas Kirk)
Denise Light .... assistant to set decorator: Los Angeles
Robert B. Lindsay .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Steve Macdonald .... stand-by props: London (as Steve McDonald)
Guy A. MacLaury .... construction foreman: Los Angeles (as Guy Al MacLaury)
Mark W. Mansbridge .... art director: Los Angeles (as Mark Mansbridge)
Stephenie McMillan .... set decorator: London
Dave Midson .... chargehand dressing prop: London
Jim Morahan .... draughtsman: London
Alf Newvell .... chargehand rigger: London
Adam O'Neill .... art department assistant: London
Jeff Passanante .... construction foreman: Los Angeles
Ken Pattenden .... chargehand carpenter: London
Alan Porter .... drapery man: Los Angeles
Brian Read .... production buyer: London
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator: London
Ian Rolfe .... stand-by rigger: London (as Ian Rolf)
Billy Salsberg .... carpenter
Michael Schmidt .... lead man: Los Angeles (as Mike Schmidt)
Mike Seefus .... construction foreman: Los Angeles (as Michael Seefus)
Tracy Stockwell .... plasterer
Stan Tropp .... set designer: Los Angeles
Douglas M. Vaughn .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Bob Walker .... lettering artist: London (as Robert Walker)
Peter Wallace .... supervising rigger: London
Butch West .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles
Brian Western .... chargehand painter: London
John Willis .... stand-by plasterer: London
Ken Wilson .... chargehand stagehand: London
Donald B. Woodruff .... set designer: Los Angeles (as Don Woodruff)
Ken Zimmerman .... propman: Los Angeles
Charles William Breen .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Christopher Carlson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Renee Faia .... art coordinator (uncredited)
Amanda J. Flick .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Frank Howe .... drapesman (uncredited)
Lee J. Jashinsky .... painter (uncredited)
Keith A. Kropf .... painter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kushon .... leadman (uncredited)
Richard Lyon .... construction storeman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Bateman .... adr re-recording mixer
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Michael Crouch .... dialogue editor (as Mike Crouch)
Anna R. Delanzo .... cable person: Los Angeles (as Anna Delanza)
Richard Finney .... sound maintenance: London (as Richie Finney)
Ian Fuller .... adr editor
Peter Holt .... footsteps editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Mann .... assistant sound editor
Kenneth C. Mantlo .... boom operator: Los Angeles (as Ken Mantlo)
Edward Tise .... production sound mixer
Len Tremble .... assistant dialogue editor
David Trent .... assistant adr editor
Martin Trevis .... boom operator: London
John Wolstenholme .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chris Corbould .... special effects technician: London
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician: London (as Stephen Hamilton)
David Harris .... special effects supervisor: London
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
James Lorimer .... special effects: Los Angeles
Paul Obest .... special effects: Los Angeles
Paul Stewart .... special effects: Los Angeles
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Docwra .... optical printing
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects
Albert Whitlock .... visual consultant
Zoe Cain .... optical effects technician (uncredited)
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Magic Camera Co (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (as Dan Darringer)
Peter Brace .... stunt coordinator: UK
Andy Bradford .... stunt advisor: UK
Keith Campbell .... stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator: USA
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Dan McCaan .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts (as John Mojo)
Philip Riniono .... stunts
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunts (as Brian Williams)
Lee Sheward .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as 'Aggie' Aguilar)
Ken W. Ballantine .... electrician: Los Angeles
Oscar Beuselinck .... camera trainee: London
Lucas Bielan .... camera department assistant: Los Angeles
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Peter Butler .... camera grip: London
Paul Caven .... best boy: Los Angeles
Jeff Cronenweth .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Kevin Edland .... best boy: London
Vance Gage .... grip: Los Angeles
Adam Glick .... electrician: Los Angeles
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer: Vevey
Donald L. Hartley .... grip: Los Angeles (as Donald Hartley)
Joe Hicks .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
John Higgins .... gaffer: London
Steele Hunter .... grip: Los Angeles
Azmet Jah .... clapper loader: London
David James .... still photographer
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator
Gene Kearney .... key grip: Los Angeles
T. Sano Kwong .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Chris Mortley .... lighting technician
Bob Munoz .... key grip: Los Angeles (as Robert Munoz)
Nick Papanickolas .... dolly grip
Harold Rabuse .... grip: Los Angeles
Andrew Shields .... video playback operator
Bob Stilwell .... focus puller: London
Octavia Walters .... camera trainee: London
Alexander Witt .... director of photography: second unit (as Alex Witt)
Colin Crane .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark Gardiner .... camera operator: back projection process (uncredited)
Randy Paik .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Amy Allen-Clegg .... casting coordinator
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting
Abi Cohen .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... costumer: Los Angeles
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe master: London (as Kenny Crouch)
James P. Cullen .... costumer: Los Angeles
Michael Dennison .... key costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Cynthia L. Hamilton .... assistant costume designer: Los Angeles (as Cynthia Hamilton)
James Michael Hargate .... costume department coordinator: Los Angeles
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor: women, Los Angeles
Lisa Johnson .... wardrobe mistress: London
Anthony J. Scarano .... costume supervisor: men, Los Angeles (as Anthony Scarano)
Cheryl Scarano .... costumer
Tess Inman .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
James Garrett .... second assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Jim Garrett)
Jeff Jones .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Christopher Lloyd .... first assistant editor
Charles Pattenson .... apprentice editor: Los Angeles
Adrian Trent .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Jonathan Enraght-Moony .... assistant music editor
Andrew Glen .... music editor
Robin Glenn .... music supervisor
Shawn Murphy .... music editor
Nic Raine .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... additional music engineer and mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Paul Mottram .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Pat Carman .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Vic Floyd .... unit driver: London
John King .... unit driver: London
Jan Ostermann .... transportation: Richard Attenborough, Los Angeles
Dave Robling .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
 
Other crew
Jody Adair .... location assistant: Los Angeles
Gordon Arnell .... unit publicist: London
Kim Balser .... personal assistant: Mario Kassar, Los Angeles
Trey Batchelor .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Bonnie Belknap .... food stylist
Marcy Bolotin .... unit publicist: Los Angeles
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Gabriel Clare-Hunt .... personal assistant: Richard Attenborough, London
Sean Corrigan .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Steve Cowie .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Nancy Cox .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Nick Daubeny .... location manager: London
Mischon De Reya .... production legal services: United Kingdom
Jill DuDeck .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Jill Du Deck)
Richard Dunmore .... location manager: London
Kate Flatt .... choreographer: London
Gina Fortunato .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Robert Freidin .... technical advisor
Aaron Garcia .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Peter Govey .... titles opticals
Jo Gregory .... production accountant: UK
Linda Gregory .... cost accountant: London
Susan Guski .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Melanie Hodal .... international publicist: Los Angeles
Johnny Hutch .... choreographer: Chaplin, London
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach
Allan James .... location manager: Vevey
Rebecca Jutzi .... production secretary: Vevey
Dan Kamin .... choreographer: Chaplin, Los Angeles
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Leila Kirkpatrick .... production coordinator: London
Kris Krabbe .... tennis coach: Los Angeles
David R. Lawson .... medic
Kristofer Lindquist .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Kris Lindquist)
Diana Lui .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Stephen Masters .... titles designer
Liz Matthews .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Elizabeth Matthews)
Susanne McKenrick .... choreographer: Los Angeles
Karin Mercurio .... assistant production accountant: Los Angeles
David Clayton Miller .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Kim 'Corkey' Miller .... wrangler: Los Angeles (as Corky Miller)
Zoe Moore .... production runner: London
Angela Murray .... location assistant: London
Diana Leigh Myers .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles (as Diana Myers)
David O'Shaugnessy .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Pamela Paumier .... clips provider: "The Kid", "The Gold Rush", "The Circus", "City Lights", "Modern Times" and "The Great Dictator"
David Robinson .... historical consultant
Libby Shearon .... international publicist: London
Lisa Shectman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Andrew Shields .... monitor video playback operator
Rhett Smith .... assistant to publicist: Los Angeles
Mark Somner .... assistant location manager: London
Mark S. Temple .... production legal services: US
Marichu Walker .... production assistant: US
Marc Wanamaker .... technical advisor (as Marc Wannamaker)
Judy Wasdell .... personal assistant: Diana Hawkins, London
Alison Webb .... production associate
Russ Westbrook .... location assistant: Los Angeles
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service: Los Angeles
Michael Barnes .... legal attorney (uncredited)
Jeanie Daniels .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Harry Lu .... armorer (uncredited)
Brook Mansbridge .... production assistant (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... title designer (uncredited)
Kim Sherwood .... stand-in (uncredited)
Daniel Veluzat .... location liaison (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Beebe Bourne .... thanks: for Charlie Chaplin's original compositions
Oona Chaplin .... very special gratitude
Nancy de Antonio .... thanks: for archive material (as Nancy De Antonio)
Jack Lemmon .... thanks
Walter Matthau .... thanks
Pamela Paumier .... very special gratitude
Daniel Taradash .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for nudity and language
Runtime:
143 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Contrary to what is presented in the film, Charles Chaplin actually had a child with Mildred Harris. Sadly the baby, named Norman Spencer Chaplin, died three days after birth.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Following Chaplin's 1921 trip to England, there's a scene with Charlie and his pal Doug Fairbanks (Kevin Kline) who refers to visit from "the FBI". In the 1920s what later became known as the FBI was simply called the Bureau of Investigation, an office of the Justice Department. The Bureau of Investigation was renamed "Federal Bureau of Investigation" in 1935.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
George Hayden:Ha ha ha ha ha. Come on Charlie stop messing about, we really have to get down to it now. I just hope our friendship survives the day, that's all.
Charlie Chaplin:Ha George, don't be so melodramatic.
George Hayden:Well it's your autobiography Charlie. And as your editor I have to tell you that parts of the manuscript are pretty vague, to say the least. I mean for instance, your mother. Now when did she first loose control? We need to know those facts.
Charlie Chaplin:It's hard to say. She could be so wonderful, on good days...
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Soundtrack:
Music from 'MODERN TIMES'See more »

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62 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
A spectacular portrayal of the unseen life of Charlie Chaplin., 10 August 2001
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

Robert Downey Jr., first of all, portrays Chaplin with amazing accuracy. Some parts of this performance are particularly memorable, such as his invention of the famous tramp's walk just after having feverishly picked out the outfit, the astonishingly accurate depiction of Charlie as an old man, and of course, the many parts of the film that involve parts of his life where he was working on his own films. These are clearly some of the most interesting parts of the movie, if only because these films are how we know him, but it is at least as interesting the way that the film hints towards things that happened in Chaplin's life that inspired those films.

Very early in the film, we see a scene in which Charlie's mother is booed off the stage by an impatient crowd, so Charlie, who is a little boy at the time, gets on stage to do a song and dance of his own. He performs a song that is very similar to the one his mother performed, but he wins the audience's heart and they respond by tossing coins onto the stage for him. You can't help noticing how this corresponds with the constantly youthful look of the Tramp (in Modern Times, for example, Chaplin was in his late 40s but looked like a teenager), and the coins tossed on stage may have played a significant role in helping him realize that this could be a good way to make money.

Charlie moves to America to pursue his dream, and we see the landmark events that punctuated his dizzying rise to stardom. He goes to work briefly on stage and is then hired by Mack Sennett, a gigantic figure in film history, but is unsatisfied because of his own lack of control over his work. It should also be noted here that there is a scene where he is working with director Mabel Normand, who demands acting from him that he does not agree with, and with whom he clashes. In 1914, Chaplin starred in a 9 ½ minute film called Mabel's Busy Day, in which he plays the uncharacteristic role of the antagonist. The Mabel in this film is a sporting event vendor who turns down Charlie's amorous advances, after which Charlie proceeds to steal all of her products and hand them out to anyone standing nearby. Then in 1920, he starred in another short comedy called Mabel's Strange Predicament, in which Mabel is a woman who becomes locked out of her hotel room in her pajamas and ends up avoiding the drunken Charlie for the rest of the film. In both films, Charlie plays uncharacteristic roles, the most unenviable of which was in Mabel's Busy Day, which Mabel Norman directed.

Later in the film we see Charlie in a small diner just after having terminated his employment with Mack Sennett, and he meets Edna Purviance in a scene that is reminiscent of his romantic endeavors in such early films as Caught In A Cabaret and, even more so, The Immigrant, one of his most famous early films. There are dozens of other references to the development of his cinematic personality - such as his sudden realization of how to make the Tramp appear rich to the blind girl in City Lights without talking, as well as the dance of the dinner rolls, which Charlie performs here at a dinner at an expensive restaurant - but there is an even more significant portrayal of Charlie's beliefs and his values in this movie that are more recognizable as well as more memorable to people not familiar with his earlier and less known work.

Charlie Chaplin was one of many filmmakers' in the earlier times of the medium that resented and disapproved of the coming of sound to the movies. His Tramp remains one of the most recognized figures in the history of the cinema, and it is widely known that the Tramp is an almost entirely silent character, so it is necessary for a film about Chaplin's life to address this in some way, and it is done perfectly here. There is a scene where Charlie's brother is trying to convince him to add spoken dialogue into his films and Charlie refuses outright, giving a hilarious example of a Russian ballet dancer and saying, `The Tramp CAN'T talk. The minute he talks, he's dead.' This is a brilliant way to illustrate Charlie's fondness for the silent film, as well as his knowledge that no voice given to the Tramp would fit his character right. He was too well known to be changed so profoundly.

Charlie Chaplin created 81 movies in his lifetime, many of them timeless and truly memorable, and has made a significant impact on the filmmaking medium as well as on the world itself. He was a fascinating personality both onscreen and off, which is another element of his life that was necessarily and skillfully presented in this film, this time directly in the dialogue in what is probably the single most important line in the entire film – `If you want to understand me, watch my movies.' Chaplin's ever-present sympathy for the underprivileged is subtly but effectively portrayed as two poor people approach him on his way out of a nice restaurant, right at the beginning of the Great Depression, asking for his autograph. The elderly Charlie notes in retrospect that, `I wish they'd wanted my money.'

He is always aware throughout the film and throughout his life of the difficulties constantly facing poor people, and he wants to give these people not only an escape with his films, but hope for the future. There is a point in the film where Charlie has returned to Europe to see an old friend, and he learns on the train that she has died. He is then asked, `What'll we do, Charlie?' And his answer, although spoken under his breath almost in a whisper, rings louder than anything else in the film.

`Smile.'

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