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Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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(as Charlie Chaplin)

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(as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
... A Gamin
Henry Bergman ... Cafe Proprietor
Tiny Sandford ... Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
... Mechanic
... Burglar
... Gamin's Father
... President of the Electro Steel Corp. (as Allan Garcia)
... Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ... Minister
... Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
... J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
... Juvenile Officer
... Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
... Cafe Head Waiter
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Chaplin's last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital - When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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25 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,507, 9 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$163,245, 24 October 2004
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was always intended to be Charles Chaplin's first talkie. He even went as far as writing a dialogue script and experimenting with sound. However, because Chaplin intended the film to feature his Little Tramp character, sound seemed inappropriate. Consequently, the film was made using silent techniques, shot at 18 frames per second and then projected at 24 frames per second, which gave the slapstick sequences a more frenetic feel. See more »

Goofs

Two plates of food on The Bellows Feeding Machine change, after two hex nuts are unscrewed from one part of the machine. See more »

Quotes

President of the Electro Steel Corp.: [first lines]
President of the Electro Steel Corp.: Section 5, speed her up, 401.
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Referenced in Career Opportunities (1991) See more »

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Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
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Music from the traditional folk song "Revive Us Again"
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The Inspiration of continuing greatness...
24 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Chaplin's "Modern Times" has influenced the 20th century as much as any other film could have. His portrayal of man vs. machine, individual vs. group, love vs. industry...is the framework of classic modern American "anti-progressive" thinking. Gilliam's "Brazil" is the late century equivalent. But Chaplin hit it right first, insuring generations would have the chance to relate to the challenges of their own modern times.


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