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2010 - 2015, Comedy - Adult

The Dictator (2012)

Elevator Pitch.

Admiral General Aladeen, the dictator of a country located in the Horn of Africa, is invited to the UN to discuss his nuclear development, but when he arrives in New York he is kidnapped by a villain employed by his ambitious uncle who replaces him with a dimwitted double; the dictator wanders the city unrecognised, having had his iconic beard shaved off and becomes involved with a young woman who is managing a eco store, but he must get to the UN to prevent his doubkle signing a democracy agreement.

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The dictator makes speeches on the balcony of his palace, he vists his nuclear facility, usually indicating that he wishes the scientist to be terminated, he travels to New York with his “Virgin Guard” who strip down to their underwear once or twice, and while the double and his uncle involve themselves with the UN, he wanders in the city, eating at the “Death to Aladeen Restaurant” run, apparently by people he had once condemned to death. There is gross out humour but only a bit of nudity with implied sex, and some drinking.

A View Tell the truth I have never really got Sasha Baron Cohen. I have found his humour pretty unfunny, and as far as this outing goes I am with 50% of the critics who did not like it much. It is a bit entertaining at times, probably the funniest sequence, the race coming pretty near the beginning, If you have seen any of his other outings you will know what to expect, but don’t expect too much.
Duration 1h 23m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay, leaning on the antics of the real dictators we know about.
Director Larry Charles
Writers/Script Sasha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Starring Sasha Baron Cohen, Sayed Badreya, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, Anna Faris, John C. Riley
Additional Info The dictator’s palace is actually Plaza España in Seville with added domes. The edifice was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition’s World Fair. It has also been used as a location for Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars: Episode II.

 

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