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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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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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General Aladeen: [escaping from a CIA torture facility without clothes] Hey average American shopper! If you give me your clothes I will make a sizable donation in your name to Al Qaeda!
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Written & Performed by Ali Hassan Kuban
Courtesy of Piranha Records
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22 June 2012 | by (-) – See all my reviews

I wish there were more comedies like that - crossing over the political correctness line, but not over the line of good taste, so as to make a movie hard to watch.

The film is quite pointy, it is for a moderate audience and will make all kinds of extremists quite unhappy. The plot is well thought out and funny. It'll nail you to the screen.

I like the unorthodox character of this film, Sacha Baron Cohen's movies are definitely one of the kind. I wouldn't consider the humor crude, but it is certainly honest. Some of the unthinkable things you see are likely to have happened in reality.

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