The Dictator

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  83 min.
Release Date: May 16, 2012
DVD: August 21, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.17
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Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas


Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) is is the fiercest dictator in all of North Africa, ruling the great Republic of Wadiya and risking his life to ensure that democracy never reaches the nation he so lovingly oppressed. However, he faces the ultimate culture clash when he decides to pay visit to the United States.

The film lifts actual newscasts from real-life world leaders and is inspired by the bestselling novel Zabibah and The King, written by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Director: Larry Charles
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Scott Rudin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel
Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
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  • 5 stars "If you liked Borat you will like this. I can totally see how it wouldn't be someones cup of tea though."
  • 4 stars "This movie is so funny. I laughed my head off with this movie. I recommend for anyone to see this movie."
  • 3 stars "funnier than's not for everyone."