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“The Dictator” is a 2012 political satire comedy film directed by and starring as the fictional dictator Admiral General Aladeen of the Republic of Wadiya. Here is a synopsis, review, plot, and information about its awards and popularity:


Admiral General Aladeen, the eccentric and oppressive dictator of the fictional North African country of Wadiya, travels to the United States to address the United Nations Security Council. However, he is betrayed by his uncle Tamir, who orchestrates a coup d'état, deposing Aladeen and replacing him with a doppelgänger. Aladeen escapes but is now powerless and living undercover in New York City.


“The Dictator” is a satirical and irreverent comedy that lampoons dictatorial regimes, authoritarian politics, and international relations. 's performance as Aladeen is both absurd and insightful, highlighting the absurdity and excesses of dictatorial power.


Aladeen's misadventures in the United States lead to encounters with various individuals, including a feminist activist named Zoey (played by ), whom he initially clashes with but eventually befriends. As Aladeen navigates life in exile, he hatches a plan to reclaim his power and overthrow the usurpers back in Wadiya.


“The Dictator” did not receive significant awards recognition, primarily due to its comedic and controversial nature. However, 's performance was praised for its comedic timing and commitment to the character.


The film gained attention for its provocative humor and satirical take on global politics. While it received mixed reviews from critics, it found an audience among viewers who appreciated its sharp wit and willingness to push boundaries.

Overall, “The Dictator” offers a comedic take on serious political themes, blending satire with absurdity to entertain and provoke thought.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by
  • Alec Berg
  • Anthony Hines
  • David Mandel
  • Scott Rudin
  • Jeff Schaffer
  • Todd Schulman
Cinematography Lawrence Sher
Edited by
  • Greg Hayden
  • Eric Kissack
Music by Erran Baron Cohen
Four By Two Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • May 16, 2012
Running time
83 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic

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