The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

"Once again - the whole world laughs!"
  • Passed
  • 1940
  • 2 hr 4 min
  • 8.4  (203,595)

The Great Dictator is a comedy-drama film starring Charlie Chaplin released in 1940 in which Chaplin plays a barber-solider who saves the life of a German pilot name Schultz while serving his country in World War 1. When out of the blue the plane the barber and Schultz are traveling in goes down leaving Chaplin in the hospital with amnesia for the next 20 years. Upon being released from the hospital the barber goes back home to his barbershop without a clue that evil dictator from Tomainia named Adenold Hynkel (also Played By Chaplin) had begun to torture and imprison Jews throughout the country. The barber and his neighbor, a beautiful girl named Hannah played by Paulette Goddard, are forced to flee imprisonment amazingly he encountered the man whose life he saved years before Schultz who was now a high ranking official in the dictator regime. Hynkel now feels that Schultz is disloyal and has him placed in a concentration camp ordering guards to hunt down and capture the barber.

The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator

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The Great Dictator is a comedy-drama film starring Charlie Chaplin released in 1940 in which Chaplin plays a barber-solider who saves the life of a German pilot name Schultz while serving his country in World War 1. When out of the blue the plane the barber and Schultz are traveling in goes down leaving Chaplin in the hospital with amnesia for the next 20 years. Upon being released from the hospital the barber goes back home to his barbershop without a clue that evil dictator from Tomainia named Adenold Hynkel (also Played By Chaplin) had begun to torture and imprison Jews throughout the country.

The barber and his neighbor, a beautiful girl named Hannah played by Paulette Goddard, are forced to flee imprisonment amazingly he encountered the man whose life he saved years before Schultz who was now a high ranking official in the dictator regime. Hynkel now feels that Schultz is disloyal and has him placed in a concentration camp ordering guards to hunt down and capture the barber.

The Great Dictator is a 1940 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.4.

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  • Release Date
    1940
  • MPAA Rating
    Passed
  • Runtime
    2 hr 4 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (203,595)