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The Dictator (2012)

R | | Comedy | 16 May 2012 (USA)
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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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The Republic of Wadiya is ruled by an eccentric and oppressive leader named Hafez Aladeen. Aladeen is summoned to New York to a UN assembly to address concerns about his country's nuclear weapons program, but the trip goes awry. Written by Sam

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

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,435,092 (USA) (20 May 2012)

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$59,650,222 (USA)
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Trivia

This film shares a number of similarities to an unaired sitcom from 1988, including the title. According to the site "The Lost Media Wiki", CBS was to air a sitcom named _The Dictator (1988) (TV)_ in March 1988, starring Christopher Lloyd as the dictator of a small Caribbean nation. Much like Baron Cohen's Aladeen, Lloyd's character ends up in New York, where he opens a laundromat with his wife, children and former general. Only two episodes were ever produced and never aired because of the Writer's Guild's strike that year. Only a few promotional images are all that remains of this series. See more »

Goofs

When the goat comes out and start chewing on the zip line that Aladeen is hanging from, Aladeen should have fallen in the middle. By cutting the line on the right side, the cable should not have stayed intact and moved to the right side. In short, he falls the wrong way. See more »

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General Aladeen: Why are you guys so anti-dictators? Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1% of the people have all the nation's wealth. You could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes. And bailing them out when they gamble and lose. You could ignore the needs of the poor for health care and education. Your media would appear free, but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family. You could wiretap phones. You could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged...
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Special Thanks For Ingenuity In Technology: Isla Fisher. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.139 (2012) See more »

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A welcome change
16 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a little perplexed having read a couple of user reviews - one of them said this was movie was unbelievable and unconvincing due to the fact that it had a love theme going on? huh? I suppose the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is unbelievable too? In fact, how many movies are believable? 'The Dictator' is a comedy, nothing less and nothing more than that, and that was the intention. Whether it's believable or not is irrelevant. The movie had plenty of laugh out loud moments.

I'm glad this movie headed in a different direction from his previous efforts. Had the film continued in the same fashion as the reality TV way, then I don't think it would have stood any chance of working, not with this new character anyway. So to those who are expecting and hoping for something similar to Bruno and Borat you may be left a little disappointed, but for those who wouldn't mind seeing something slightly different, and can take a movie for what it is, then you should enjoy this, as I did.


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