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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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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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16 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Finchley's Dream  »

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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

In the promotional bust shot of the main character against a white backdrop, he is wearing medal ribbons including, among others:
  • The Antarctica Service Medal Ribbon (third row, far left)


  • The Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal Ribbon (seventh row, far left)


  • The Second World War Philippine Defense Medal Ribbon (fifth row, far left) and the Philippine Liberation Medal Ribbon (fifth row, second from left)


  • What appears to be the Belgian Croix de Guerre Medal Ribbon (fifth row, far right)


  • The French Croix de Guerre medal (fifth row, second from right)


There are at least two cases of duplication: row 16, far right is the same as row 14, second from right, and row 11, far left is the same as row 9, second from right. Altogether, he's wearing 68 medals. The teaser movie poster shows at least one medal (the Belgian Croix de Guerre) changed, and they "loop": the 11th and 12th rows repeat as the 18th and 19th rows. See more »

Goofs

When Aladeen accidentally shoots his guard, the slide on his gun is clearly shown locked back, indicating it is empty. Moments later, he shoots the gun again. See more »

Quotes

Nadal: I am a mac genius.
General Aladeen: So what do you do?
Nadal: Mostly I clean semen out of laptops.
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In loving memory of Kim Jong-il See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Battleship (2012) See more »

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