The Great Dictator

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Released 1941

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Director:
Charles Chaplin
Released:
1941
Rating:
G
The Great Dictator is the 1940 comedy war sensation from legendary writer-director-actor Charlie Chaplin. It is the last days of the World War One, and military pilot Schultz (Reginald Gardiner) has his life saved by a clumsy soldier (Chaplin) who, crashing the plane, loses his memory and goes back to his job as a Jewish Barber. In Tomania meanwhile, dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin), who unintentionally looks very similar to the barber, is gripping the country. He is discriminating the Jewish people, but the barber's territory is untouched when Schultz recognizes the man who saved him, and Hynkel needs someone to take the blame for when his plans go downhill. Schultz is arrested for being a friend to the Jews, where they are all placed into concentration camps. Hynkel's next plan is to march his army into Osterlich to show up Napaloni - Dictator of Bacteria (Jack Oakie). Schultz and the also captured barber manage to escape the camp in disguises, and when Hynkel is mixed up for the barber while fishing, the barber, posing as Hynkel, gets his once in a lifetime chance to end the tyranny with all of Osterlich and Tomania listening.moreless
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    Classics, Military & War