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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

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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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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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 »

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During the beginning of the Gotham Helicopters scene, a helicopter lands on the pad and the blades are slowing down but in the next shot of Aladeen the rear stabilizer blade of the helicopter is static but you can hear the sound effects of the helicopter shutting down. See more »

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Pregnant Woman: You two make a cute couple. But could you do this later? When you're not *elbow deep in my PUSSY!*
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Extra scenes during the end credits, including making-of moments. See more »

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Unrated version - 99mins See more »

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A Moment Like This
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Performed by Nikki Leonti
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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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