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Release Date: December 25th, 1992

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 1998

PG-13|2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
Re-creation of the life of comic genius Charlie Chaplin, from his humble beginnings in south London through his early days in British vaudeville, his silent movie career in America and his late masterpieces. His turbulent personal life saw four marriages and an enforced exile from the US - though he returned to receive an honorary Oscar in 1972.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins, Milla Jovovich, Moira Kelly, Kevin Kline

Director: Richard Attenborough

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Canal+, Carolco Pictures Inc.

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Columbia Tristar

Keywords: Rise, Pursuit, Wife, Friendship, Engaging, London

Ratings & Reviews

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  • For a brilliant approximation of the man himself, watch Downey in this film. This is a performance created out of equal parts talent, hard work and love. It's uncanny. [08 Jan 1993, p.3]

  • No film biography can capture or explain or add to the magic of Chaplin at his best, because these screen moments are perfect in themselves. But Chaplin, with dignity and some vitality, does what it can -- it holds up a light and points the way. [08 Jan 1993, p.D1]

  • Chaplin is a mediocre movie that you can't take your eyes off. Your wandering mind is telling you one thing: This is a standard check-list biography, the kind of glossy whitewash that treats a man's accomplishments like so many vegetables from the produce aisle - toss 'em in, tick 'em off, and move on. But those riveted eyes are saying something else entirely - they're watching Robert Downey, Jr. with rapt attention, marvelling at his every move, pondering his every gesture.

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Make Up
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
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Nominated Music (Original Score)