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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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Larry Charles
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Aladeen / Efawadh
Sayed Badreya ... Omar
Rocky Citron Rocky Citron ... Baby Aladeen
Liam Campora Liam Campora ... Aladeen Age 6
Aasif Mandvi ... Doctor
Rizwan Manji ... Patient
Rick Chambers Rick Chambers ... Newscaster Voiceover (voice)
Elsayed Mohamed Elsayed Mohamed ... Wadiyan Olympic Official
Adeel Akhtar ... Maroush
Horatio Sanz ... Aide on Balcony
Ben Kingsley ... Tamir
Elena Goode ... Virgin Guard
Nazanin Homa ... Virgin Guard (as Naz Homa)
Dawn Jackson Dawn Jackson ... Virgin Guard (as Dawn Zimniak)
Victoria Beltran Victoria Beltran ... Virgin Guard
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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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Trivia

The photos of Aladeen's financially procured lovers in addition to Megan Fox include Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ellen DeGeneres. See more »

Goofs

At 09:40 (After leaving the nuclear research campsite), A Waving Spanish Flag can be found on the top of the palace instead of Wadiyan Flag. See more »

Quotes

[Nadal notices Aladeen walking funny as they approach the helicopter]
Nadal: Are you okay?
General Aladeen: My guy has a limp. I fell off me horse at the old Bull & Bush Pub because I'm a cockney.
Nadal: Listen, listen, okay? You need to focus up right now and be prepared to deliver a small, subtle performance.
General Aladeen: Okay, great, okay.
Nadal: Okay, good.
General Aladeen: [Pulling eyelids backwards] Okay, so when we go to fly...
Nadal: [Slaps Aladeen's hands off] Don't do that with your eyes! You can't be a Chinese person on this thing, okay?
General Aladeen: I'm not Chink, I'm ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Unrated version - 99mins See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.126 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ila Nzour Nebra
Written & Performed by 'Jalal Hamdaoui and Driver'
Courtesy of Fassiphone Belgium S.P.R.L.
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Not as funny as Borat, but Sacha's hilarious once again
30 May 2012 | by i-ShuvoSee all my reviews

Following last year's impressive performance in Martin Scorsese's critically-acclaimed Hugo (2011), British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is back doing what he does best with yet another satirical caricature to add to his ever growing list. For his latest endeavor, The Dictator (2012), Cohen has once again reunited with director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno), in a film that benefits much from an uncharacteristically straightforward narrative.

The Dictator's narrative is a little bit more scripted than Cohen's previous efforts, which saw him interact with real people - often with hilarious results. In addition to the riches-to-rags story beat, there is also a Rom-com element to the film as Aladeen is helped along his journey of redemption by Zoey, which makes for some humorous moments.

You needn't worry about it being too scripted though; Cohen's unique brand of offensive humor is on full display from the outset as sexist, racist, and vulgar gags abound. Saddled in-between are a number of outrageous, cringe-worthy sequences that have long been Cohen's trademark. These often occur with scientist turned partner-in-crime Nadal, and the chemistry between Cohen and Mantzoukas is evident.

Admittedly, not all the jokes hit their mark - the celebrity cameos (including Megan Fox) don't have the intended impact, but the audience reaction is for the most part well-calculated. The hilarious usage of overblown music tracks such as Moment Like This is just one example of the excellent comedic timing which permeates The Dictator throughout.

If you don't take Cohen's latest role too seriously, you may likely find Admiral General Aladeen to be another fantastic character to add to Cohen's catalogue. Assuming you're not easily offended, The Dictator is laugh-out-loud comedy at its best.


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Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

16 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finchley's Dream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,435,092, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$59,650,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,379,533
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2.39 : 1
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