Chaplin plays two totally opposite roles in his first "talkie," giving a superb display of his boundless talent for both inspired comedy and powerful drama. One of his masterfully drawn characters is a Jewish barber facing the constant threat of storm troopers and religious persecution. The other is the great dictator, Hynkel, a brilliant lampoon of Adolph Hitler that is awesome proof of Chaplin's pantomime genius. The movie's famous highlight comes in its final scene, when Chaplin steps out of character and addresses the camera with an eloquent plea for the triumph of reason and humanity over mindless militarism.

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  1. Charles Chaplin

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. Charles Chaplin

    Charles Chaplin

    Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber

  2. Jack Oakie

    Jack Oakie

    Benzini Napaloni

  3. Reginald Gardiner

    Reginald Gardiner

    Commander Schultz

  4. Henry Daniell

    Henry Daniell


  5. Billy Gilbert

    Billy Gilbert

    Field Marshal Herring

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    Paul Weigel

    Mr. Agar

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 5m

Budget $2,000,000.00

Revenue $11,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • October 15, 1940
    G, Theatrical



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