Chaplin

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Released 1993

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Director:
Richard Attenborough
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
Chaplin is a drama film that was released in 1992 and produced by Carolco Pictures. It was directed by Richard Attenborough, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Moira Kelly, Milla Jovovich and Geraldine Chaplin. The film tells the biographical story of the complicated life of comedian and actor Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.). During a conversation between Chaplin and the editor of his biography, George Hayden (Anthony Hopkins), we learn, through a series of flashbacks, about Chaplin's life both personal and professional. The film documents Chaplin's disadvantaged childhood, his work with the music hall in London, his move to the USA, his marriages, and his achievement of global fame. The movie is based on the books "Chaplin His Life and Art" by David Robinson and Charles Chaplin's autobiography. The film's story was created by Diana Hawkins and the screenplay was written by William Boyd, Bryan Forbes and William Goldman.

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  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    No film biography can capture or explain or add to the magic of Chaplin at his best, because these screen moments are perfect in themselves. But Chaplin, with dignity and some vita...

  • 75

    The Seattle Times John Hartl

    For a brilliant approximation of the man himself, watch Downey in this film. This is a performance created out of equal parts talent, hard work and love. It's uncanny. [08 Jan 1993...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen

    Chaplin is a mediocre movie that you can't take your eyes off. Your wandering mind is telling you one thing: This is a standard check-list biography, the kind of glossy whitewash t...

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