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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Omar
Rocky Citron ...
Baby Aladeen
Liam Campora ...
Aladeen Age 6
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Rick Chambers ...
Newscaster Voiceover (voice)
Elsayed Mohamed ...
Wadiyan Olympic Official
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Maroush
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Aide on Balcony
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Virgin Guard
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Virgin Guard (as Naz Homa)
Dawn Jackson ...
Virgin Guard (as Dawn Zimniak)
Victoria Beltran ...
Virgin Guard
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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,435,092, 20 May 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,650,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,379,533
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actresses Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs were considered for the role of Zoey which in the end was cast with actress Anna Faris. See more »

Goofs

When Aladeen is standing on the bridge, there is a safety rail in the close shots. When the camera switches to wide angle shots, there is no rail present. See more »

Quotes

General Aladeen: [Aladeen's body guard just shot himself] See? This is what happens when you set the safety switch to Aladeen instead of to Aladeen!
[shoots again]
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Crazy Credits

Extra scenes during the end credits, including making-of moments. See more »

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Soundtracks

Wahrane Wahrane
Written by Ahmed Wahdi & Khaled (as Khaled Hadj Brahim)
Performed Khaled (as Khaled)
Courtesy of Barclay France
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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A welcome change
16 May 2012 | by 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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