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The Dictator (2012)

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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

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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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,650,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,379,533
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sacha Baron Cohen played three roles in this movie: Alison Burgers, the dictator His Excellency Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, and the latter's double Efawadh. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Aladeen arrive in New York, there's a front view of a NYPD Police car starting at the grill and then panning up. The front grill lights are flashing red / blue, but the top rotating lights are off. It then cuts to a shot from above and the rotating lights on top are on. See more »

Quotes

[Aboard the helicopter, Aladeen and Nadal are smiling at the American tourists in front of them, as Aladeen points at his sheriff's badge]
General Aladeen: I love being an Americans! America is number one! Oh, I am from U.S.A.! My father also from U.S.A.! My great-grandfather fought in the American Civil Jihad. I am very proud to be an American. I am America's number one douche.
[Nadal sighs]
General Aladeen: [Speaking in Wadiyan] I've fooled them. Job done.
Nadal: [Speaking in Wadiyan] So, how are things back at the Palace?
General Aladeen: [...]
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Extra scenes during the end credits, including making-of moments. See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated version - 99mins See more »


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Habibi
Written & Performed by Ali Hassan Kuban
Courtesy of Piranha Records
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Excellent
22 June 2012 | by mihkelm1See all my reviews

I wish there were more comedies like that - crossing over the political correctness line, but not over the line of good taste, so as to make a movie hard to watch.

The film is quite pointy, it is for a moderate audience and will make all kinds of extremists quite unhappy. The plot is well thought out and funny. It'll nail you to the screen.

I like the unorthodox character of this film, Sacha Baron Cohen's movies are definitely one of the kind. I wouldn't consider the humor crude, but it is certainly honest. Some of the unthinkable things you see are likely to have happened in reality.


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