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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 ...
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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. ~ Lisa Kropiewnicki
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Take Robert Downey Jr. out of the equation, and Chaplin remains a handsomely produced old school biopic. Focus on its star, and the 1998 film achieves a gravitas that lends greatness to it. A sweeping overview of Charlie Chaplin’s momentous and scandal-ridden life would present any filmmaker with daunting challenges. Director Richard Attenborough does his workmanlike best, hitting all the major spots in a rags-to-riches-to-exile-to vindication story as fantastic as any movie made in the land that Chaplin himself put on the map. Inclusion has its price -- exposition clogs the screen; dialogue often acts more like a biographical road map than human conversation. No matter. What Attenborough has in his favor saves the day: an obvious affection for his subject, albeit one that’s clear-eyed enough to recognize the near-Shakespearian flaws of this titan of the screen, as well as the extraordinary performance he extracts from his lead actor. While he nails Chaplin’s inimitable comic persona and physical routines down cold, Downey’s remarkable emphatic talents truly reveal themselves when portraying Chaplin out of cinematic character. Downey embodies the torment of the neurotic man behind the comedic mask, burdened by familial guilt, passion for underage females, and gnawing perfectionism. As lithe as he is demonstrating the famed pratfalls, Downey comes most alive as Chaplin ages, capturing the blend of pride and evasiveness that the elderly exile used as emotional armor in his later life. To grant both figures -- past and present -- their due, Downey’s is a performance that his revered subject deserves.
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The Academy Award-winning director of another biopic, Gandhi (1982), Richard Attenborough reveals his obvious reverence for the iconoclastic Charlie Chaplin in this critically if not commercially successful film. Robert Downey Jr., who trained for over a year to replicate Chaplin's English cockney accent, tics, and rhythm as well as his graceful balletic and athletic movements, physical humor, and posture, gives the star-making performance of his career and is riveting to watch as he brings to life one of the most influential people in the history of cinema. The film is a thoughtful mixture of melancholy and humor, juxtaposing Chaplin's private loneliness and loss with his professional comedic talents and fortitude. Spanning a period of nearly 80 years in the actor's life, the film has been criticized for trying to cover too much narrative ground, but given the enormity of Chaplin's contribution to his art and the personal obstacles he overcame, this is an enjoyable, emotional, and authentic film. From its rural Hollywood locations in the early 1900s and demonstration of early moviemaking techniques to its superb cast, Chaplin is a potent tribute to a gifted cinematic artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/1996
  • UPC: 012236989738
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: AVID HOME ENT
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Jr. Charlie Chaplin
Dan Aykroyd Mack Sennett
Geraldine Chaplin Hannah Chaplin
Kevin Dunn J. Edgar Hoover
Anthony Hopkins George Hayden
Milla Jovovich Mildred Harris
Moira Kelly Hetty Kelly/Oona O'Neill
Kevin Kline Douglas Fairbanks
Diane Lane Paulette Goddard
Penelope Ann Miller Edna Purviance
Paul Rhys Sydney Chaplin
John Thaw Fred Karno
Marisa Tomei Mabel Normand
Nancy Travis Joan Barry
James Woods Lawyer Scott
Michael Blevins David Raskin
Francesca Buller Minnie Chaplin
Peter Crook Frank Hooper
David Duchovny Rollie Totheroh
Donnie Kehr Sound Engineer
Karen Lewis Yankee Doodle Dancer
Deborah Moore Lita Grey
Sean O'Bryan Lewis Seeley
Bill Paterson Stage Manager
Maria Pitillo Mary Pickford
Gerald Sim Doctor
John Standing Chaplin Butler
Robert Stephens Ted the Drunk
Norbert Weisser German Diplomat
Michael Adler Party Guest
Laura Bastianelli Dinner Guest
Iris Bath Party Guest
Andre Bernard Yankee Doodle Dancer
Una Brandon-Jones Inmate
Phil Brown Projectionist
Michael Cade Sydney Chaplin, Jr.
Alan Charof Federal Marshall
Joy Claussen Dinner Guest
Bryan Coleman Drunk
Nicky Corello Masseur
Caroline Cornell
Todd Mason Covert Reporter
Dana Craig Federal Marshal
Nick Edmett Working Man
Donald Elson Prop Man
Ann Fairlie Wedding Guest
Mike Fenton
Susie Figgis
David Finch Working Man
Alan Ford Warder
Vicki Frederick Party Guest
David Gant London Maitre d'
Peter Georges Groom
Michael A. Goorjian Adult Charles Chaplin, Jr.
Caroline Guthrie Courting Couple
Paul Hayes
Mary Healey Mrs. Karno
Charles Howerton Dinner Guest
Richard James Pianist
Jerry Jenson Hotel Porter
Jayson Kane Reporter
Howard Lew Lewis Workhouse Official
Emma Lewis Production Assistant
Brian Lipson Warder
Jason Logan Dinner Guest
Mark Long Working Man
Raymond Lynch Bride's Father
Ken Magee Federal Marshal
Valorie Massalas
Heather McNair Marion Davies
Michael Miller Reporter
P.H. Moriarty Workhouse Official
John Otrin Reporter
J. Michael Patterson Reporter
Robert Peters 'Great Dictator' cinematographer
Bradley Michael Pierce Sydney Chaplin, Jr.--Age 6
Tom Preston Party Guest
Stuart Richman Barman
Jack Ritschel William Randolph Hearst
Renata Scott Dinner Guest
Malcolm Terris Stallholder
Dennis Vero Wedding Guest
Ralph Votrian Reporter
Annie Waterman Party Guest
William Hunt US Maitre D'
Tom Wright Working Man
Tommy Wright Working Man
John Barry Conductor
Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director, Producer
John Barry Score Composer
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
William Boyd Screenwriter
Chris A. Butler Set Decoration/Design
Keith Campbell Stunts
Terence A. Clegg Co-producer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Bryan Forbes Screenwriter
William Goldman Screenwriter
Diana Hawkins Associate Producer, Original Story
Kevin Jewison Camera Operator
Mario Kassar Producer
John King Art Director
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
George Marshall Ruge Stunts
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Neil Summers Stunts
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Brian Williams Stunts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect!

    I can only say THANK YOU to my friend who rented this movie for us to watch. I loved Chaplin's movies ever since i was a little kid, but his autobiography was simply sad, true, funny and amazing. I definitly recommand this movie to anyone who likes or dislikes mr. chaplin's ideology of showing everyday life in a comedy way.

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