• The Dictator (2012)

The Dictator

Release Date: May 16th, 2012

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2012

R |1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

Gen. Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) has ruled the oil-rich North African country of Wadiya since the age of six, when 97 stray bullets and a hand grenade killed his father in a hunting accident. After an assassination attempt takes the life of yet another body-double, Tamir (Ben Kingsley), Aladeen's uncle and most trusted adviser, convinces Aladeen to go to New York. Unfortunately, Aladeen has a less-than-friendly reception from exiled Wadiyans, who want their country freed from his despotic rule.

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Kevin Corrigan, Megan Fox, Fred Armisen, Sayed Badreya

Director: Larry Charles

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Scott Rudin Productions, Berg Mandel Schaffer, Four by Two Films

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Transformation, 2010s, Love interest, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Cohen employs a comic range that ricochets between wicked political barbs and the lowest anatomical farce, to often funny and occasionally hilarious effect. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Sacha Baron Cohen's tosses off some sensationally funny stuff before descending into a rat-a-tat rhythm of random insult and ritual vulgarity. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Mixes its high and low comedy with surprising success. show more

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