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The Great Dictator

Genres: Comedy, Slapstick, Politics, Classics, Criterion Collection, Classic Comedy

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Synopsis: In his notorious masterpiece THE GREAT DICTATOR, Charlie Chaplin (City Lights, Modern Times) offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin (in his first pure talkie) brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish "Tomanian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie (Thieves' Highway, Lover Come Back) and Paulette Goddard (Modern Times, The Women) in stellar supporting turns, THE GREAT DICTATOR, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.'s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin's famously impassioned plea for tolerance.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1940


  • "Timeless . . . A profound work of conscience.", San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Chaplin’s bravest moment . . . Remains wicked and subversive.", David Thomson,


  • 1940: Winner, Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 1940: Nominee, Oscar, Best Score, Academy
  • 1940: Nominee, Oscar, Best Actor, Academy
  • 1940: Nominee, Oscar, Best Supporting Actor, Academy
  • 1940: Nominee, Oscar, Best Screenplay, Academy
  • 1940: Nominee, Oscar, Best Picture, Academy

 The Great Dictator
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