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Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)

Sydney Pollack ... Narrated By

Bill Irwin ... Himself

Norman Lloyd ... Himself - Chaplin Friend / Actor
David Thomson ... Himself - Film Historian

Jeffrey Vance ... Himself - Chaplin Biographer

Andrew Sarris ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian

Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself - Actor / Star of 'Chaplin
David Robinson ... Himself - Chaplin Biographer
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Film Historian

Woody Allen ... Himself - Director / Writer / Actor

Johnny Depp ... Himself - Actor
Michael Chaplin ... Himself - Son of Charles Chaplin

Geraldine Chaplin ... Herself - Daughter of Charles Chaplin

Richard Attenborough ... Himself - Director of 'Chaplin'

Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Director

Milos Forman ... Himself - Director

Marcel Marceau ... Himself - Mime Artist

Sydney Chaplin ... Himself - Son of Charles Chaplin
David Raksin ... Himself - Music Arranger of 'Modern Times'

Claire Bloom ... Herself - Actress / Star of 'Limelight'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Campbell ... Various Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Syd Chaplin ... Himself / Various Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Inslee ... Various Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edna Purviance ... Various Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mack Swain ... Various Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Schickel 
Writing credits
Richard Schickel (a film by)

Produced by
Douglas Freeman .... producer (as Doug Freeman)
Bryan McKenzie .... producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Cinematography by
Thomas Albrecht (director of photography)
Kris Denton (director of photography)
Simon Fanthorpe (director of photography)
Rob Goldie (director of photography)
John Halliday (director of photography)
Ross Keith (director of photography)
Graham Smith (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bryan McKenzie 
Makeup Department
Roxanne Manzano .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Brian Hamblin .... post production supervisor
Brian Jamieson .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Glenn Bates .... sound recordist
Steve Bowden .... sound recordist
Steve Bryan .... sound recordist
Elliott Cowand .... sound recordist (as Elliot Cowand)
John Duvall .... sound recordist
Joseph R. Ekins .... sound recordist (as Joe Ekins)
Benedikt Fruttiger .... sound recordist (as Benedict Fruttiger)
Mark Linden .... re-recording mixer
Mark Linden .... sound editor
Danny McCullough .... sound recordist
Bryan McKenzie .... sound editor
Antony Meering .... sound recordist (as Tony Meering)
Tara A. Paul .... sound editor (as Tara Paul)
Carlos Ramirez .... sound re-recordist
Percy Urgena .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Arn Campero .... digital motion control
Dominik Trimborn .... project coordinator
Editorial Department
Joseph Alvarado .... edit assist
Guillermo Beltrán .... additional digital film restoration (as Guillermo Beltran)
Dirk Carlson .... additional digital film restoration
Jennifer Clatfelter .... telecine coordinator
Ron Feneis .... telecine colorist
Steve Kaufler .... telecine colorist
Scott S. Parker .... digital film restoration
Scott S. Parker .... on-line editor
Ed Rowin .... colorist
Music Department
Charles Chaplin .... music by
José Padilla .... music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... film research (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Kevin Brownlow .... film consultant
Alexander Klippe .... laser film recording: ARRI
David Shepard .... film consultant
Sascha Stiller .... laser film recording: ARRI
Jeffrey Vance .... historical consultant
Manoah Bowman .... special thanks
Josephine Chaplin .... special thanks
Kate Guyonvarch .... special thanks
Marin Karmitz .... special thanks
Warren Lieberfarb .... special thanks
Samson Mucke .... special thanks
Wim Wenders .... special thanks
Assaf Cohen .... special thanks (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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132 min | Hong Kong:127 min
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Ordinary movie about an extraordinary man, 23 September 2005
Author: h79423 from Finland

Chaplin is a cultural icon. No question about that. So what do you do? Get some old footage, both from his movies and from other sources, combine that with footage of historians and modern celebrities talking about their impressions on the man. The concept is far from original. Basically it's the same as any number of documentaries.

The movie manages to include all the important work of Chaplin in it. However, there's no information that most people with any interest on the subject wouldn't know and how many people who are not interested on the subject would watch a movie like this?

Maybe I've just seen too many of these. Of course, I appreciate and respect the work of the man, but I just don't see the point of these little documentaries anymore. Using at least just a little bit of creativity would have been nice. If I was to do a movie about an icon I love, I would at least try to do him or her justice and set the movie apart from others. It's not all bad, just kind of mediocre.

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