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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)  »

Also Known As:

Finchley's Dream  »

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Budget:

$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

Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to shoot scenes in the actual United Nations building but was denied access. Baron Cohen claims the official explanation given to him was "we represent a lot of dictators, and they are going to be very angry by this portrayal of them, so you can't shoot in there." When asked about Baron Cohen's claims, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban only responded by saying "Sacha Baron Cohen has a wonderful sense of humor." See more »

Goofs

Zoey tells Aladeen that she went to Amherst (College), but she mispronounces it. The "h" is silent. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
General Aladeen: Are you okay, my love? What did you step on?
Zoey: Oh, yes! No, no. It's my people's tradition. We always smash a glass at weddings. I'm Jewish!
General Aladeen: What?
Zoey: Mazel tov! Are you okay?
General Aladeen: That's fine. I don't mind. It's great! Come here, my love.
[hugs her while signaling for her to be executed]
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Let's Get It On
Written by Marvin Gaye & Ed Townsend (as Edward Townsend)
Performed by Mohamed Amer
Produced by Peter Amato & Erran Baron Cohen
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Unexpectedly Good
11 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I usually avoid movies I know will be explicit and include crude humor because it's just not my cup of tea. So, right off the bat I was expecting this movie to be absolutely horrible... I do not know if it was my low expectations before the screening, but I actually enjoyed this movie very much. In order to enjoy this movie, however, you do have to somewhat detach yourself from thinking too much into the wealth of racist and crude humor contained in the movie. Nevertheless, The Dictator is satire, it is a movie making fun of the real world, and if you let it be, it makes you aware (while laughing) at the racist thoughts and stereotypes ordinary people have everyday. Yes, it has its strange and explicit scenes, but overall, I think it has substance and it was very funny. Put your "Victorian" influences aside for a night and have a good laugh. Watch it.


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