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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 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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Everyone has a wild side. Even a legend. See more »


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

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8 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Чaплин  »

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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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The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Anthony Hopkins, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Kline, and four Oscar nominees, Robert Downey, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Diane Lane, and James Woods. See more »

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When Charlie Chaplin arrives in Hollywood in 1914, he interrupts the filming of The Adventurer. However, that film was not made until three years later when he was already the most famous actor in the world. 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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The Best of All Hollywood Biographies
17 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Chaplin" is an incredible film about one of the most incredible and controversial icons in Hollywood history. Robert Downey, Jr. is perfectly cast as Charlie Chaplin, and it is his brilliant performance which earned the Oscar nomination that he deserved and received. Richard Attenborough did a masterful job directing this masterpiece of biographical films. Two actors who are underrated for their performances are Paul Rhys (who played Sidney Chaplin), and Moria Kelly (who played both roles of Hetty Kelly and Oona O'Neil Chaplin). Kevin Kline is amazing as Douglas Fairbanks. There is one scene in the film where Douglas Fairbanks, knowing he is ill, looks at his reflection in a mirror on the bar. That is one example of the symbolism throughout the film by director Richard Attenborough that is astonishing. Robert Downey, Jr., plays off the great Sir Anthony Hopkins will ease. It is a wonder that with all of his personal problems in his relatively young life that Robert Downey, Jr. doesn't appreciate the opportunities that have been handed to him. There is incredible talent in this film - including a previously Oscar-winning director and actor (Attenborough and Hopkins, respectively) and a female actor who would win an Oscar for another film that same year of 1992 (Marisa Tomei). Even Dan Aykroyd is almost overlooked as silent comedy filmmaker Mack Sennett. Through "Chaplin" we realize that it was Mack Sennett who discovered Charlie Chaplin as well as other comedy greats at the beginning of Hollywood history. "Chaplin" is underrated and sometimes underappreciated, but it is a brilliant film that should be considered a classic when the time is appropriate.


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