"The Dictator" is a movie comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen, the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning writer/performer and creator of such indelible characters as Ali G, Borat and Brüno. In "The Dictator," Cohen now steps into the autocratic and very shiny shoes of General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses.

Oil rich and isolated, the North African state of Wadiya has been ruled by the vehemently anti-West Aladeen since he was six, when he was named Supreme Leader after the unfortunate death of his father, sadly killed in a hunting accident — hit by 97 stray bullets and a hand grenade.

Since his ascension to absolute power, Aladeen's trusted advisor has been his Uncle Tamir (Sir Ben Kingsley), who serves as Head of the Secret Police, Chief of Security and Procurer or Women.

Unfortunately for Aladeen and his advisors, the much-despised West has begun to poke its nose into Wadiyan affairs, and the United Nations has repeatedly sanctioned the country over the last decade — the Dictator is not about to let a Security Council inspector into his secret weapons facility…don't they know what "secret" means? But after an assassination attempt takes the life of yet another ringer for the Supreme Leader, Tamir convinces Aladeen to go to New York to address the United Nations' concerns. And so General Aladeen, Tamir and their entourage arrive in New York to a not-so-warm reception, as the city is rife with exiled Wadiyans, who only wish to see their country freed from Aladeen's despotic rule. But much more than angry expatriates and unwanted (and unwarranted!) sanctions await Aladeen in the Land of the Free… Also joining Baron Cohen onscreen are Anna Faris as Zoey, the altruistic owner of the Free Earth Collective, a Manhattan health food store run on the honor system; and Jason Mantzoukas as Nadal, the brilliant Wadiyan scientist, whose nuclear bomb proves unacceptable and not nearly pointy enough for the Supreme Leader.

Reunited with Baron Cohen are multiple "Borat" and "Brüno" collaborators, including director Larry Charles; screenwriter/producers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer; and producers Todd Schulman and Anthony Hines, who are newly joined by producer Scott Rudin. Also returning are executive producers Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer, with new executive producer Adam McKay. Rounding out the production are director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Victor Kempster, editors Greg Hayden and Eric Kissack, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland and composer Erran Baron Cohen. 

"The Dictator" is produced by Four By Two Films, Berg Mandel Schaffer and Scott Rudin Productions. The music is by Erran Baron Cohen. The costume designer is Jeffrey Kurland. It is edited by Greg Hayden and Eric Kissack. The production designer is Victor Kempster; the director of photography is Lawrence Sher. The executive producers are Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Adam McKay, Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer. The film is produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Todd Schulman, Anthony Hines and Scott Rudin. " The Dictator" is directed by Larry Charles from a screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer.


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 83 mins.
Release Date: May 16, 2012
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Production Companies:
Four By Two Films
Berg Mandel Schaffer
Scott Rudin Productions

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