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The Dictator (2012)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 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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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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The acronym "IACD" stood for the "International Alliance of Constitutional Dictatorships". See more »


During the beginning of the Gotham Helicopters scene, a helicopter lands on the pad and the blades are slowing down but in the next shot of Aladeen the rear stabilizer blade of the helicopter is static but you can hear the sound effects of the helicopter shutting down. See more »


General Aladeen: Hey let's go, I don't want to miss the finale of the Real Housewives Of Jahalavakalinda!
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Crazy Credits

In loving memory of Kim Jong-il See more »


References Aladdin (1992) See more »


A Moment Like This
Written by Jörgen Elofsson & John Reid
Performed by Nikki Leonti
Produced by Peter Amato
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User Reviews

Sacha Baron Cohen is a Master!
21 August 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Sacha Baron Cohen is a Master Actor! No two options on that! His range as a performer, is undeniable & indeed terrific. With his latest box-office hit 'The Dictator', Sacha delivers a yet another masterful performance, that exhibits his potential to the optimum.

'The Dictator' Synopsis: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

'The Dictator' is funny & entertaining, but its obviously not logical. It has moments that are so absurd, that you might feel repulsed, but 'The Dictator' at least stays true to its genre. The Screenplay Written by Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer & Sacha himself, is funny, but crass & overtly crude, but it never loses pace. Larry Charles's Direction is adequate.

Sacha embodies Admiral General Aladeen & is simply masterful in here. A Versatile, Marvelous Actor, who once again delivers beyond expectations. Here's an actor who needs to be taken more seriously. Being so good in a silly film such as this, proves how good he can get in a film that offers a stronger background.

On the whole, 'The Dictator' isn't the finest comedy you'd see, but its entertaining nonetheless.

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