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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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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 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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(6 articles)
Downey Jr. Felt Like a Drowning Mouse
 (From WENN. 8 November 2005)

Downey Jr. Reveals Reason for Moving Wedding
 (From WENN. 2 September 2005)

Downey To Wed?
 (From WENN. 11 November 2003)

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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)

Pauline Olsen ... Charlie's Secretary (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)

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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Rated PG-13 for nudity and language
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143 min
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Trivia:
Kevin Kline was originally considered by Richard Attenborough to play Chaplin. Kline originally turned down the role of Douglas Fairbanks because his child had just been born. Attenborough agreed to delay the shooting of Kline's scenes for a month.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A Western Electric 302 telephone appears in the 1930s. The phone was first produced in the 1940s.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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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
the triumphs and darker spots to the clown of film, 18 August 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Chaplin isn't really a great bio-pic, but there are moments when Richard Attenborough's direction shines and it's consistently got an amazing Robert Downey Jr. performance as the title character. In fact, this is the kind of movie where the lead actor is so important that some of the major enjoyment and success of the film rests on him/her, oddly enough since it is a varied and superlative ensemble. There are moments when Attenborough's grandiosity gets in the way, and the moments that mark it as being somewhat conventional. What made me pleasantly surprised is what Attenborough *did* decide to show with Chaplin the private man; I thought that he would cut out much of the stuff with Chaplin's penchant for young (usually underage) girls, or some of the things regarding his mother, but most of the notorious facts are put in for good measure to counter-balance some of the pompous, though fascinating, scenes of "cinematic history."

Now as a fan of Chaplin's films and the given acknowledgment that he's one of the most talented comic actors and filmmakers of the 20th century, I do get a little choked up seeing that final clip-show at the Oscars of great clips from his most famous movies. And it's interesting always, from just a movie-buff stand-point, to watch the history behind Chaplin's transition from vaudeville to Max Senett's film company to slowly becoming an independent and world-famous auteur/star. But for the most part the writing and the direction make it entertaining just on that conventional, rise-fall-rise-fall-struggle-success-at-end story with maybe less drugs and a bit more politics than one might usually see (save for one fantastic scene when Chaplin and his brother and friends are sneaking around the film footage of The Kid from the brass who want it for tax purposes).

What makes it almost outstanding, however, is Downey Jr. He's funny as Chaplin when he needs to show how he was a great clown (i.e. the 'old-drunk' bit), he's melancholy when needed, he plays Chaplin as young, middle-aged, and old perfectly, and there's just the slightest details that keep you glued to the screen to see what he'll do next. It's not exactly a breakthrough role as he'd been doing some really good work intermittently in the late 80s, but this is the one that got him recognition by the likes of the Academy, and rightfully so. It's masterful work in a decent tribute to Sir Charles "Tramp" Chaplin, and should delight those looking for a good ensemble and a commanding lead performance.

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