The Great Dictator (1940)

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

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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin

Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Chaplin said wearing Hynkel's costume made him feel more aggressive, and those close to him remember him being more difficult to work with on days he was shooting as Hynkel.


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 54 mins) Hynkel kicks the globe balloon with the heel over his shoulder, thus the balloon is on a curved trajectory towards the window. In the following shot, the balloon moves just straight up- and downwards.


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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