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The Dictator (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 May 2012 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.4/10 from 198,880 users   Metascore: 58/100
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The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Finchley's Dream  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,435,092 (USA) (18 May 2012)


$59,617,068 (USA) (20 July 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The government house is modeled after Argentina's Pink House. See more »


The photos of Aladeen and his past exploits aren't all unique. Some of the photos on the wall are mirrored copies, while most are just duplicates scattered around. See more »


Zoey: [yelling at the police] Is it a crime to be proud of your job?
General Aladeen: Actually in Wadiya it's a capital offense.
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Crazy Credits

Extra scenes during the end credits, including making-of moments. See more »


References Avatar (2009) See more »


9 to 5
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (as Michelle J. Nasser)
Produced by Peter Amato & Erran Baron Cohen
Translated by Souhail Kaspar (uncredited) & Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (uncredited)
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User Reviews

Offensive but funny
6 September 2012 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film is crass, stupid, offensive, childish, crude, and very very funny. It is if Team America and There is Something About Mary both got drunk, ended up in bed together and this is their brat of a kid out in the streets of New York running wild.

There is something here to offend everyone, but it is especially offensive to anyone from the Middle East or Muslim. You could argue that Sacha Baron Cohen is making some point about the West's regard for Middle Eastern dictators, but I suspect he just wants to make the audience laugh and so produce a box office success.

A guilty pleasure.

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