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  • Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Bobby Lee
  • Directors: Larry Charles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A688IZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the creators of Borat comes the hilarious story of a North African dictator (Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat, Brüno, Da Ali G Show) who, on a visit to New York, is stripped of his power and forced to get a real job at a Brooklyn health food store.

Theatrical cut runtime: 80 mins approx.
Extended cut runtime: 95 mins approx.


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3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
The Dictator is a 2012 comedy featuring Sacha Baron Cohen as an Arab tyrant brought low after being kidnapped while attending the UN General Assembly. The thin plot sees Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen blunder his way through various culture clashes as he learns about the world through employment at a vegan, feminist, non-profit cooperative. The plot is largely about the jokes rather than the story. At a superficial level this is easily dismissed as kind of silly but it is impressively even-handed in its dismantling of Arab fascism, big oil, and leftist anti-ism. More important that any of that, The Dictator is funny. Not exactly Borat funny but filled with great quips and lots of visual humour. Some of the humour is a little too low-brow but in the main it is another funny Sacha Baron Cohen outing to be entertained by.

Cohen's performance borrows heavily from Borat. The difference between Aladeen and Borat boils down to wit. Aladeen is just as bumbling and incompetent at times, especially when forced to work a mundane job. Unlike Borat, Aladeen is full of put-downs and retorts, spending most of the film berating or insulting someone. Amid our fearful, politically correct times, this kind of humour that insults all sides equally is most welcome.

The plot expands the wit by showing Aladeen to actually be much more effective when taking charge of the co-operative he works for. Aladeen is brutal and unpleasant. He gets the job done. The Dictator savagely skewers the utopian notion that we are all the same.

The unchecked power of dictatorship leads Aladeen into trouble.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
While The Dictator maintains it's satire with a rude & crude approach to it's humour, which won't be to everyone's tastes, it's very much more conventional as a movie than Sacha Baron Cohen's predecessors in Borat & Bruno. In that is very much more a structured movie with a traditional plot with a beginning , middle & ending, as opposed to the TV camera crew following a set of outrageous moments with random people.

The plot is quite simple, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the eccentric dictator of the North African nation of Wadiya, Aladeen. While his 2nd in command who should had been the next in line to the throne, Tamir (Ben Kingsley -Gandhi), plots to overthrow him. As his latest assassination attempt fails , Tamir decides to take Aladeen out of his comfort zone to America, to address the United Nations, and have him assassinated there, while Aladeen's double will make Wadiya a democracy on World T.V & profit from the oil rights himself. But things don't go quite to plan, as a de-bearded Aladeen runs amok in New York to great comical ends, in a life affirming experience as he meets & falls in love with the beautiful hairy boy child Zoey (Anna Faris -Scary Movie). Comedy & mayhem ensue as Aladeen runs into people with totally different beliefs to his own.

Overall i found The Dictator to be an hilarious movie with many comedy set pieces, i felt offended & shocked in places but i couldn't help but laugh, although some of the jokes fell flat, like the Wadiya meaning of positive & negative for example. On the flip side it was very clever & great satire on real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NatalieE on 5 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
the disc is in good condition and zoverstocks always sell their products at a great price. on the other hand, the film was fairly boring in many parts, I almost considered turning it off. the only reason I didn't is because the odd moment made me laugh. basically, the plot is terrible and doesn't grip you at all, infact it can be very confusing, but sacha does well playing his role.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tj on 21 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
funny but not enough to make you laugh your a** off like borat or bruno. still a nice movie for fans of sacha
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dunder Mifflin TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
This movie is outrageously funny, laughing without crying is quite a hard thing to pull off when watching this. It is honestly a masterpiece in comedy, the acting is superb and the script is pure art. Risky, edgy, funny, enjoyable…genius.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE: This movie contains strong (occasional crude) sexual references, strong language and nudity. Although this movie is quite edgy, everything is done in a very tongue 'n' cheek manner. Nothing inappropriate is dwelled upon and any rude material or bad language is quickly over with and is done in a comedic fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Ditchburn on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A classic film. Bad taste. Bad jokes. Top performance. Loved it.

In terms of cringe worthy did he really say that, it falls half way between Borat and Bruno
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By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Sacha Baron Cohen can be a bit of a one character comedy actor. Borat and Bruno were very simmilar though Borat came across funnier and there are elements of both Borat and Bruno in The Dictator though this time Cohen ditches the mock documentary format. Plot wise it is very predictable and you can see the whole thing coming a mile away like one of Dictator Alladeen's pointy missiles but it is still a very fine and very funny comedy with moments of sheer comic genius and inspired lunacy as Cohen's mad African dictator comes to New York to attend a conference at the United Nations and is tricked into losing his power and replaced by a lookalike by his power mad uncle played by a completely straight Ben Kingsley and has to fend for himself and get a job in New York. Sacha Baron Cohen is very good as The Dictator though Anna Farris is a bit wooden as the politically correct woman that helps him and gets him a job in her store. Ben Kingsley is excellent as the power mad uncle and rest of the cast which includes cameos by John C Rielly and Megan Fox are good too. A lot of fun though not exactly original and very predictable but still well worth watching.
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