The Great Dictator (1940)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War


The Great Dictator (1940) Poster

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.


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  • Charles Chaplin and Jack Oakie in The Great Dictator (1940)
  • Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)
  • Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)
  • Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)
  • Charlie Chaplin at a press conference for the premiere of "The Great Dictator" Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City October 1940

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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin

Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Chaplin and Jack Oakie enjoyed their roles so much, they often stayed in character after shooting finished for the day. They even attended a party, thrown by Mary Pickford, in full costume.


Quotes

Title Cards: Note, any resemblance between Hynkle the Dictator and the Jewish Barber is purely co-incidental.
Title Cards: This is a story of a period between two World Wars - an interim in which Insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and Humanity was kicked around ...


Goofs

(at around 1h 5 mins) When the barber slides into the basement window while evading the stormtrooper, his hat falls off onto the street. In the next shot, he is wearing his hat again.


Crazy Credits

The film is obviously a satire on Adolf Hitler, represented by Adenoid Hynkel, and its story is based on Hynkel looking exactly like "a Jewish barber": both are played by Charles Chaplin. But it begins with a notice: "Any resemblance between Hynkel the dictator and the Jewish barber is purely co-incidental".

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Comedy | Drama | War

Details

Release Date:

7 March 1941

Language

English, Esperanto


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€9,826 (Italy) (22 December 2002)

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