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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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Newscaster Voiceover (voice)
Elsayed Mohamed ...
Wadiyan Olympic Official
Adeel Akhtar ...
Maroush
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Tamir
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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

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

The government house is modeled after Argentina's Pink House. See more »

Goofs

The photos of Aladeen and his past exploits aren't all unique. Some of the photos on the wall are mirrored copies, while most are just duplicates scattered around. See more »

Quotes

Waiter: [General Aladeen has wandered into a restaurant full of Wadiyan ex patriots] Welcome to the Death To Aladeen Restaurant. If you hate General Aladeen and like good food, this is the place for you.
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References Aladdin (1992) See more »

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Battle Without Honor or Humanity
Written & Performed by Tomoyasu Hotei
Courtesy of IRC2 Corporation/Toshiba EMI Limited
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Excellent
22 June 2012 | by (Estonia) – 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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