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Chaplin (1992)

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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles Spencer Chaplin
... Hannah Chaplin
... Sydney Chaplin
... Fred Karno
... Hetty Kelly / Oona O'Neill Chaplin
... George Hayden
... Mack Sennett
... Mabel Normand
... Edna Purviance
... Douglas Fairbanks
... Mary Pickford
... Mildred Harris
... J. Edgar Hoover
... Lita Grey (as Deborah Maria Moore)
... Paulette Goddard
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The biography of Charles Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Chaplin's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind 'The Little Tramp' was constantly haunted by a sense of loss. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He made the whole world laugh and cry. He will again. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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8 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Чaплин  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,669, 27 December 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,493,259, 31 December 1993
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1.85 : 1
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Robert Downey, Jr. mentioned in a 2013 interview that during his first audition, the director Richard Attenborough held up a picture of Tom Cruise and told Downey that he was also considering Cruise for the part. Downey said that he was unsure if Cruise was actually in contention for the role, or whether this was merely a motivational tactic by Attenborough. See more »

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When Charlie and Mildred Harris are in the bedroom, Charlie wants her to put lipstick on. She uses a metal tube twist up lipstick. The scene following this bedroom scene is dated as 1918. Twist up metal lipstick tubes were not invented until 1923 by James Bruce Mason Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee. See more »

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[first lines]
George Hayden: Ha ha ha ha ha. Come on Charlie stop messing about, we really have to get down to it now. I just hope our friendship survives the day, that's all.
Charlie Chaplin: Ha George, don't be so melodramatic.
George Hayden: Well, it's your autobiography Charlie. And as your editor I have to tell you that parts of the manuscript are pretty vague, to say the least. I mean for instance, your mother. Now when did she first lose control? We need to know those facts.
Charlie Chaplin: It's hard to say. She could be so wonderful, on good days...
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.6 (2003) See more »

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SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach) and Jerome Kern
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falls a little short of the mark
9 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

When i was i was a kid and there was only three TV channels , i remember on weekends and school holidays they always used to show black and white comedies. Laurel & Hardy , Harold Lloyd and my personal favorites , Abbot & Costello were the main movies but there is no doubting who was the daddy of them all and that was Charlie Chaplin. Richard Attenborough directed this 1992 biographic movie of the famous Englishman and you would think , considering his previous movies that this would be fantastic. Sadly it falls a little short of the mark.

This is not a bad film at all it's just that i don't think it does Chaplin the justice he deserved. Robert Downy Jr is good , especially when he's playing a young Chaplin and the rest of the cast do a good job but i cant help but feel this film never really works. It's quite a dark film. Chaplin never looks happy and it's not until the end where he is excepting the Oscar do we really get to see a little bit what he was like on screen. The whole thing with him dictating to a biographer never works either and for me , this is Attenborough's biggest mistake. I would love to see someone have another go at making a film about Chaplin and give it a modern spin.

Finally , if you have never seen a Charlie Chaplin film , i urge you to do so. They are so much funnier than some of the so called comedies they churn out today.


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