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The Dictator

Director: Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley

Cast: Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley


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Comic Sacha Baron Cohen re-teams with director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) for this satirical tale of an oppressive, democracy-hating dictator and a goatherder (both played by Cohen) whose misadventures in America lead to a series of outrageous culture clashes. Anna Faris,


Comic Sacha Baron Cohen re-teams with director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) for this satirical tale of an oppressive, democracy-hating dictator and a goatherder (both played by Cohen) whose misadventures in America lead to a series of outrageous culture clashes. Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Curb Your Enthusiasm's J.B. Smoove co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
One of the great social satirists of modern cinema, Sacha Baron Cohen became a cultural phenomenon with the release of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan in 2006. At the time, Cohen had yet to achieve mainstream success, so the element of surprise was still on his side as he assumed the role of a blissfully ignorant, casually racist Kazakh TV host visiting America in the largely improvised comedy; as the targets of his jokes struggled to maintain composure, half the fun was watching them squirm while Cohen explored just how far he could take his routine. Three years later, when Cohen failed to re-create that success with Bruno, it was difficult to discern which direction his career would take next. Now that he could be recognized, would his humor still hit the mark? The answer to that question, if you can catch your breath between the rapid-fire succession of gags in The Dictator, is yes -- though only comedy fans with thick skin need apply. A natural-born despot, General Aladeen (Cohen) takes great pride in his role as an oppressor. As the unchallenged leader of Wadiya, his talent for trash-talking Western values and ignoring international treaties has made him the most hated autocrat since Saddam Hussein. But when General Aladeen travels to New York City to address international concerns regarding the state of his nation's controversial nuclear program, his trusted right-hand man Tamir (Ben Kingsley) schemes to have the tyrant killed and replaced with a double in order to forge a lucrative alliance with big oil companies. Incredibly, General Aladeen manages to thwart his assassin and make a daring escape -- but not before losing his trademark beard. Now adrift in New York City and completely unrecognizable, the most hated leader in the world befriends Zoey (Anna Faris), a feminist/activist and the owner of a Brooklyn organic-food store, and assumes the identity of a Wadiyan dissident while plotting with his former top scientist Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas) to sabotage his double's speech and reclaim his rightful status as the true enemy of freedom. In the past few years, memorable supporting roles in films like Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Martin Scorsese's Hugo have proven that Cohen is much more than a one-trick pony. Yet despite his obvious talent as an actor, it was understandable that some fans would be wary of Cohen returning to the world of scripted comedy; his first such film, Ali G Indahouse (2002), was an uneven misfire that failed to translate the magic of Da Ali G Show to the big screen. Fortunately, it seems that Cohen has taken care to learn from his past mistakes, and with veteran comedy producer/director Larry Charles at the helm, The Dictator delivers Looney Tunes-style satire punctuated by Cohen's unique brand of take-no-prisoners irreverence. But just when you start to think Cohen has opted for a broader approach this time around (outrageous sight gags and Wadiyan versions of popular songs like R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" fill the gaps between elaborate comedy set pieces), the final speech reveals that the entire movie has been a setup for a big sucker punch that paints Cohen as the satirical equivalent of M. Night Shyamalan. Meanwhile, a succession of playful cameos is sure to keep sharp-eyed comedy fans on their toes. No one in The Dictator is safe from Cohen's ruthless brand of satire, and if 9/11 jokes or torture being played for laughs offend your sensibilities, this isn't the comedy for you. For everyone else, The Dictator offers sidesplitting proof that, improvised or not, Cohen's gift for cultural caricature is still intact.

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Closed Caption; Includes theatrical & unrated versions of the film; Plus outrageous deleted & extended scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sacha Baron Cohen Aladeen/Efawadh
Anna Faris Zoey
Ben Kingsley Tamir
Sayed Badreya Omar
Jason Mantzoukas Nadal
Michele Berg Aladeen's Mother
Liam Campora Aladeen Age 6
Aasif Mandvi Doctor
Rizwan Manji Patient
Rick Chambers Newscaster Voiceover
Adeel Akhtar Maroush
Horatio Sanz Aide on Balcony
Rocky Citron Baby Aladeen
Justo Usin Assassin
Joey Slotnick Homeless Man
Ian Roberts NYC Cop
Chris Parnell News Anchor
Jessica St. Clair Denise
David Fonteno Secretary General
Anna Katarina Angela Merkel
Michael G. Delaney Delegate
William Fowle Delegate
Bobby Lee Mr. Lao
Olek Krupa Gazprom Executive
Alan Cox BP Executive
Kevin Corrigan Slade
Mitchell Green Joteph
Jenny L. Saldaña Hannah
George Bartenieff Romanian Accountant
Chris Gethard Clark
Fred Armisen Waiter/Minister
Elena Goode Virgin Guard
Dawn Zimniak Virgin Guard
Danielle Burgio Virgin Guard
Dominique DiCaprio Virgin Guard
Victoria Beltran Virgin Guard
Aja Frary Virgin Guard
Naz Homa Virgin Guard
Elsayed Mohamed Wadiyan Olympic Official
Fred Melamed Head Nuclear Scientist
Sean T. Krishnan Waiter/Cereal Loving Soldier
Eliyas Qureshi Angry Wadiyan Diner
Chris Elliott Mr. Ogden
Jon Glaser Obnoxious Customer
Daniel Burress Customer in Bathroom
Pete Wiggins Bratty Kid Customer
Adam Le Fevre Man in Helicopter
Marceline Hugot Woman in Helicopter
Anthony Mangano Arresting Officer
Melissa Francis Local News Reporter
Tim J. Ellis Offended Customer
Michael Hardart Store Customer
Miriam Tolan Health Inspector's Wife
Zachary Mackiewicz Health Inspector's Son
J.B. Smoove Funeral Usher
Hollis Granville Eldridge Douglas
Ann Dev'Unay Mourner
Sondra James Friendly Customer
Tara Copeland Mom Shopping with Toddler
Sydney Berry Toddler
Kathryn Hahn Pregnant Woman
Seth Morris Pregnant Woman
Kate Pak Mrs. Lao
Regina Anne Rizzo Puppeteer
Tracey Ruggiero Mugging Victim
Karl Jacob Aladeen Double
Marcia Debonais Woman in Hotel Window
Nasim Pedrad Female GMW
Mousa Kraish Wadiyan Soldier
Neimah Djourabchi Wadiyan Soldier
Sevan Greene Wadiyan Soldier
Nadav Malmud Wadiyan Soldier
Fred North Helicopter Pilot (NYC)
Fred Hanna Helicopter Pilot (NYC)
William Richards Helicopter Pilot
Marc Wolff Helicopter Pilot (Spain)
Cordell King Helicopter Ground Crewperson
Christopher Guardino Conductor

Technical Credits
Larry Charles Director
Jason Alper Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Hines Producer
Peter Baynham Executive Producer
Alec Berg Producer,Screenwriter
Erran Baron Cohen Score Composer
Sacha Baron Cohen Producer,Screenwriter
Naomi Donne Makeup
Marjorie Duran Makeup
Jennifer Euston Casting
Christopher Guardino Musical Arrangement
Greg Hayden Editor
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Eric Kissack Editor
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Julian Laverdiere Art Director
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
David Mandel Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Mazer Executive Producer
Adam McKay Executive Producer
Optic Nerve Makeup Special Effects
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Richard Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Rudin Producer
Jeff Schaffer Producer,Screenwriter
Todd Schulman Co-producer
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dictator
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10. Scene 10
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12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
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3. Scene 3
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10. Scene 10
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12. Scene 12
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