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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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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

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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Trivia

Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs were considered for the role of Zoey. See more »

Goofs

Just after the opening credit during the ABN telecast, Aladeen is shown to have been born with a beard and is depicted to have the same in later life also in the movie. However, during the same telecast in his childhood (pre-teens) he is shown without a beard, first in the scene where his father is being entertained by jokers and next in the still photo of him holding a cigar in right hand and a AK-series rifle in left hand (just before the Larry King segment). See more »

Quotes

[Aladeen and Nadal are dispiting the shape of the nuclear missile]
General Aladeen: Have you consulted Professor Bobeye about this?
Nadal: Professor who?
General Aladeen: Bobeye. He is the one whose forearms are very large in proportion to his body.
Nadal: I believe his name is Popeye.
General Aladeen: Bobeye.
Nadal: Popeye. And he is not a professor. He is, as the song says, a sailor man.
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Crazy Credits

In loving memory of Kim Jong-il See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated version - 99mins See more »

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Soundtracks

The Next Episode
Written by David Axlerod (as David Axelrod), Brian Bailey, Melvin Bradford, Snoop Dogg (as Calvin Broadus) & Dr. Dre (as Andre Young)
Performed by Naufalle (Aiwa) Al Wahab, El Tayeb (Mr Tibbz) Ibrahim & Sacha Baron Cohen (as Admiral General Aladeen)
Produced by Peter Amato & George Drakoulias
Naufalle (Aiwa) Al Wahab Performs Courtesy of Wikkid 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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