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The Dictator (2012)

 -  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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16 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Finchley's Dream  »

Box Office

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

On the map shown in the film, the Republic of Wadiya location is actually the real country of Eritrea. 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 »

Quotes

General Aladeen: You seem educated.
Zoey: Yes, I went to Amherst.
General Aladeen: I love it when women go to school. It's like seeing a monkey on rollerskates. It means nothing to them, but it's so adorable for us.
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In loving memory of Kim Jong-il See more »


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Wahrane Wahrane
Written by Ahmed Wahdi & Cheb Khaled (as Khaled Hadj Brahim)
Performed Cheb Khaled (as Khaled)
Courtesy of Barclay France
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the Funniest and Most Intelligent Criticisms I Have Ever Seen in Many Years
27 December 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the UN threatens the nuclear program of the Republic of Wadiya, the dictator Hafez Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) decides to go to New York to make a speech in the assembly. However, his minister Tamir (Ben Kingsley) is plotting a scheme to topple Aladeen and sign multimillionaire contracts with foreign oil companies to make him a tycoon.

Tamir hires the torturer Clayton (John C. Reilly) to kill Aladeen, but he fails and the dictator flees without his long beard. Aladeen unsuccessfully tries to reach the Lancaster Hotel and he meets the owner of the store of natural products Zoey (Anna Faris), who is protesting against the presence of Aladeen in UN. She believes that he is Allison Burgers, a refugee from Wadiya and brings Aladeen to her store to help him to cater the hotel. He stays with her while he tries to find a means to break in the hotel with his comrade Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas).

The politically incorrect "The Dictator" is one of the funniest and most intelligent criticisms I have ever seen in many years. Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious in the role of a dictator and only his speech in the United Nation explaining what a dictatorship is to people used to "democracy" makes the movie worth. But there are several other jokes that made me laugh most of the time. Further the cameos are also a great attraction, especially Megan Fox in the role of herself. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Ditador" ("The Dictator")


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