The Great Dictator Movie Review 1940

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Chaplin's first all-dialogue film, a searing satire on Nazism in which he has dual roles as a Jewish barber with amnesia who is mistaken for a Hitlerian dictator, Adenoid Hynkel. A classic scene involves Hynkel playing with a gigantic balloon of the world. Hitler banned the film's release to the German public due to its highly offensive portrait of him. The film also marked Chaplin's last wearing of the Little Tramp's (and Hitler's equally little) mustache.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 126 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Satire & Parody, Nazis & Other Paramilitary Slugs, Amnesia, Mistaken Identity, 4 Bones
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Billy Gilbert, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Maurice (Moscovitch) Moscovich, Emma Dunn, Bernard Gorcey, Paul Weigel, Chester Conklin, Grace Hayle, Carter DeHaven
Roland H. Totheroh, Karl Struss
Charlie Chaplin
Meredith Willson
RBC Films, United Artists


Natl. Film Reg. 1997;; N.Y. Film Critics 1940: Actor (Chaplin).

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