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


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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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 USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When we first see Aladeen arrive in New York, there's a front view of a NYPD Police car starting at the grill and then panning up. The front grill lights are flashing red / blue, but the top rotating lights are off. It then cuts to a shot from above and the rotating lights on top are on. See more »


Nadal: When the thought of someones decapitated head upsets you, that is love.
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Crazy Credits

In loving memory of Kim Jong-il See more »


Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.14 (2012) See more »


Written by Souad Bendjael
Performed by Souad Massi
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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29 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

One of the funniest movies I know! There are so many good jokes based on what's happening in the world. If you read the news on a daily basis and know what's going on in the world you'll like this movie. Some people may not like Cohen but I think he's a genius. It really takes something to show the problems that we have in a funny way. However you should really go and watch that movie, it's worth the money. I personally watched it twice in theater. Now I really don't know what to write anymore without giving away any jokes because the jokes come one after another. I was already laughing out loud after one minute. It's really cool if you watch a movie in theater and everyone in the room is laughing. So my definitive final conclusion is that The Dictator is more than a movie, it's an experience ;)

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