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The Dictator (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 May 2012 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.4/10 from 198,912 users   Metascore: 58/100
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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the movie's release in Mexico, the publicity campaign coincided with the 2012 presidential elections. Many promotional ads took advantage of this, using tag-lines that were spoofs of candidate Enrique Peña Nieto's slogans. See more »


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 »


Zoey: [yelling at the police] Is it a crime to be proud of your job?
General Aladeen: Actually in Wadiya it's a capital offense.
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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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A welcome change
16 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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