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Robert Downey Jr takes the lead role in this biopic of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, which traces his entire career from poverty stricken childhood all the way through to final Swiss exile and lifetime Oscar recognition. Along the way there were four marriages, troubles with the US government, and a phenomenally successful film career. Directed by Richard Attenborough.
Chaplin, Sir Richard Attenborough's biographical film of the life and times of the famous comic, is a little thin as a narrative, but it is so charmingly creative and ultimately moving that it's hard to worry about the deficits. Robert Downey Jr does an excellent job re-creating Chaplin's graceful slapstick and getting inside the silent-film superstar's head over the years of triumph, defeat, scandal, official persecution, exile and inner peace. A huge cast portray the allies, friends, lovers and enemies in Chaplin's life, including Moira Kelly as his final, long-time wife Oona, Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks, Geraldine Chaplin as Charlie's mother and James Woods as a prosecutor working hard to nail Chaplin for anti-American sentiments. Attenborough declines to tell the story in a flat, linear way, employing such clever techniques as detailing one chapter in Chaplin's life as a silent comedy. The climactic scene set at an Oscar tribute for Chaplin will get the tears flowing. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Richard Attenborough's very personal biopic about the remarkable life of Sir Chares Chaplin may be a rather hurried affair and does inevitably suffer from rather too much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. G. Robinson
RDJ is astonishing as Charlie Chaplin; I highly recommend this film to any Chaplin or Downey fans. It is a long movie, so make sure you've got plenty of snacks to hand - every... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr Spleenmeister