R 2012 | 83 mins | Comedy
Mistaken identity, assassination attempts, star-crossed love, camels... really, is there anything The Dictator doesn't have? Ruthless leader Admiral General Aladeen leaves his tiny republic of Wadiya for a trip to the Big Apple, where he'll find an adventure in slapstick and satire that just may threaten the future of geopolitical peace. Also, Megan Fox appears as "herself."
Trailers + Extras
- The Dictator Trailer 1
- The Dictator TV Spot 1
- The Dictator Trailer 2
- Monkey In Roller Skates
- Larry King Live
- The Dictator Press Conference Sacha Baron Cohen shows up to a press conference for his...
- On the set of The Dictator A look behind the scenes at the making of The Dictator
- An Interview with a Dictator Admiral General Aladeen talks about having a movie made...
- The Best Beard The stars of The Dictator talk about who has the best...
- The Worst Dictator of All-Time The stars of The Dictator talk about the worst Dictators...
- The Science of Comedy The stars of The Dictator talk about creating laughs in...
- A Great Great Comedy The cast talk about how they improvised during the...
- Encountering The Dictator The cast talk about who their characters in the film in...
- The Dictator's Double EPIX Mashup of The Dictator and The Devil's Double
Top 10 Fun Facts
- If it ain't broke: Sacha Baron Cohen re-teamed with director Larry Charles, who also directed Borat and Bruno.
- What you didn't see: there's an additional 15 minutes in the unrated cut of The Director.
- What they didn't see: the 83-minute theatrical version of the film was shortened to 71 minutes before the film could be shown in the country of Uzbekistan.
- Making an entrance: Sacha Baron Cohen was banned from attending the 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, after arriving on the red carpet in character as Aladeen and pranking Ryan Seacrest on live television.
- Jon Stewart always gets the answers: in an appearance on The Daily Show, Admiral General Aladeen revealed his first name to be "Shabazz."
- Funny ladies: before Anna Faris landed the role of Zoey, both Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs were considered for the part.
- No (fake) dictators allowed: the production was not allowed to film scenes inside the UN Headquarters. Sacha Baron Cohen claims they told him, "we represent a lot of dictators, and they are going to be very angry by this portrayal of them, so you can't shoot in there."
- Help from his friends: Martin Scorsese, who directed Sacha Baron Cohen in the film Hugo, appeared on SNL's Weekend Update as a "hostage" of Aladeen.
- We're number one! Aladeen's character trait of a nearly always extended index finger was reportedly inspired by Fidel Castro, who often points in his speeches.
- Betcha didn't know: the turquoise sports cars that appear in the film's NYC motorcade are a reference to similar cars owned by Ana Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family.