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The Great Dictator (1940)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 11, 2000

Budget $2,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 4 minutes

Country USA

Studio United Artists

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Genre: Comedy, Role-switching, Slapstick, Satire, World War II, Mistaken Identity

Tagline: Once again - the whole world laughs!

Plot: Charlie Chaplin has a dual role in this film, his first with dialogue. He plays a sweet-natured Jewish barber and a murderous Hitler-type dictator with such satirical impact that it counterbalanced the oratory of Adolf Hitler. Particularly delectable comic scenes are Hynkel's balletic "pas de deux" with a globe, and a cream cake fight between Hynkel and Napoloni, the dictator of Bacteria.

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 Directed by
Charles Chaplin
A Countess from Hong Kong, Modern Times, City Lights
 Written by
Charles Chaplin
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Charles Chaplin
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Paulette Goddard
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Jack Oakie
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Henry Daniell
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Billy Gilbert
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Grace Hayle
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 Music By
Meredith Willson
The Little Foxes, The Music Man, The Music Man



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