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The Dictator (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 May 2012 (USA)
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The heroic story of a dictator who risks 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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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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General Aladeen: To be used for peaceful...
[holds laughter]
General Aladeen: purposes! It will be used for medical research and clean energy, it will! And it will certainly never be used to attack Isr...
General Aladeen: Oh boy!
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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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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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