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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?


The nick-name of Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas) was "Nuclear Nadal" whilst the nick-name of the dictator His Excellency Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) was "The Mad Dog of Wadiya". See more »


During the beginning of the Gotham Helicopters scene, a helicopter lands on the pad and the blades are slowing down but in the next shot of Aladeen the rear stabilizer blade of the helicopter is static but you can hear the sound effects of the helicopter shutting down. See more »


General Aladeen: [Aladeen's body guard just shot himself] See? This is what happens when you set the safety switch to Aladeen instead of to Aladeen!
[shoots again]
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Typical Sacha Baron Cohen
3 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ali G, Borat, Bruno. If you've seen any of them, then you probably know what to expect from Sacha Baron Cohen. Vulgar, crude, politically INcorrect are just some of the terms you could use - depending on your opinion.

Basically, if you're easily offended, you probably won't want to watch the tale of an evil Middle Eastern Dictator who finds himself lost in America amidst a plot to oust him from power.

However, there are still plenty of people who find this sort of humour funny (and I'm one of them). Personally, I didn't think it was as good as Borat or Bruno as the second half seemed a bit forced. The film lasted just under the typical hour and a half mark, but probably could have got away with being an hour long. It would probably have been a pretty funny hour - if you like that sort of thing.

The major criticisms being thrown at The Dictator is claims of racism (just like Borat and Ali G, not to mention claims of homophobia at Bruno) and whether the film mocks Middle Eastern stereotypes, or whether it actually attacks those who impose the stereotypes. The film has also come under fire for being too 'pro-Jew' too anti-American and generally too liberal. Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. It's one of those arguments where if you're looking to use this film to support or challenge your own political viewpoint or religious beliefs there are arguments for and against.

The bottom line is that it's quite funny. Quite. Not as good as Borat or Bruno, but still there are plenty of silly and vulgar (and I should emphasis the words 'silly' and 'vulgar' because they're the backbone of this film) moments to make you laugh out loud. Probably not a classic, but entertaining nonetheless.

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