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Plot, Details & Awards

Chaplin

(1992)

Rated PG-13 for nudity and language.

PG-13 In Theaters 03/15/1994 , 144min.
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Plot & Details

Partly based on Charlie Chaplin's My Autobiography, this humorous and dramatic biopic features an all-star cast including Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane, and Chaplin's real-life daughter, Geraldine Chaplin, who portrays his mentally ill mother. With the use of flashback, an elderly Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor (Hopkins), who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest friendships, many marriages, merciless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover (Kevin Dunn), and ingenious invention of "The Little Tramp." Highlighted works such as The Gold Rush (1925) and The Great Dictator (1940) illustrate significant turning points in Chaplin's prolific filmography. Director Richard Attenborough's film also explores the circumstances surrounding Chaplin's exile from America and his eventual return to receive an honorary Academy Award.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Stuart Craig Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Chris A. Butler Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score John Barry Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Ellen Mirojnick Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Stuart Craig Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Barry Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Geraldine Chaplin Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Ellen Mirojnick Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Stuart Craig Nominated

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