• The Great Dictator (1940)

The Great Dictator

Release Date: March 7th, 1940

DVD Release Date: April 11th, 2000

G |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

After dedicated service in the Great War, a Jewish barber (Charles Chaplin) spends years in an army hospital recovering from his wounds, unaware of the simultaneous rise of fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin) and his anti-Semitic policies. When the barber, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Hynkel, returns to his quiet neighborhood, he is stunned by the brutal changes and recklessly joins a beautiful girl (Paulette Goddard) and her neighbors in rebelling.

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Maurice Moscovitch, Emma Dunn

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Charles Chaplin Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Cheeky, Sacrifice, Hilarious, Underdog, Hospital, Dark, 1930s, Rise

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Awards

Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Outstanding Production