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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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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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2.35 : 1
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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 is standing on the bridge, there is a safety rail in the close shots. When the camera switches to wide angle shots, there is no rail present. See more »

Quotes

[Aladeen and Nadal are at Gotham Helicopter Tours, preparing to board the helicopter]
Nadal: Here's the plan: We're going to take this helicopter tour and fly over the Lancaster to spot its weaknesses. Remember, we're just two ordinary American tourists looking at the sights.
General Aladeen: [Wearing an American flag jogging suit and a sheriff's badge] Don't worry, nobody gonna suspect anything. It's a great plan, pointy.
Nadal: Don't do anything to arouse any suspicions.
General Aladeen: Don't worry, I am Wadiya's number one actor. You don't...
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks For Ingenuity In Technology: Isla Fisher. See more »

Connections

References You've Got Mail (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

9 to 5
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (as Michelle J. Nasser)
Produced by Peter Amato & Erran Baron Cohen
Translated by Souhail Kaspar (uncredited) & Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (uncredited)
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TRULY FUNNY....Comedy Gold...B++++
19 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just been to see this film and could never stop laughing. Sacha Baron Cohen is a true comedic talent...an excellent writer as the jokes in it are genius. The film is short but packed full of laughter. Perhaps I'm an easy laugher, but what can I say, I liked it!!! A LOT!!! As well as the comedy being brilliant, the actual plot/storyline is superb also. From watching the trailer, and then watching the film, it was actually a completely different story to how I thought it was going to be. I wasn't very excited to see the film after the trailers, but decided to venture in... I enjoyed it much more than I expected and will likely see it again! It isn't for the easily-offended but if this is your sort of humor then you need to go and watch it now!


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