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The Great Dictator

1940 Comedy

About

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Directed by

Charlie Chaplin

Written by

Charlie Chaplin (Screenplay)

Runtime

125 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Cast

Charlie Chaplin
as Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber
Jack Oakie
as Benzini Napaloni
Reginald Gardiner
as Commander Schultz
Henry Daniell
as Garbitsch
Billy Gilbert
as Field Marshal Herring
Paul Weigel
as Mr. Agar
Paulette Goddard
as Hannah
Grace Hayle
as Madame Napaloni

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Charlie Chaplin

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jack Oakie

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay Charlie Chaplin

Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Score

Lists

#53 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#167 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#37 on AFI's 100 years...100 laughs AFI