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Chaplin (1992)

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A movie about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

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David Robinson (book), Charles Chaplin (book) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Charles Spencer Chaplin
Geraldine Chaplin ... Hannah Chaplin
Paul Rhys ... Sydney Chaplin
John Thaw ... Fred Karno
Moira Kelly ... Hetty Kelly / Oona O'Neill Chaplin
Anthony Hopkins ... George Hayden
Dan Aykroyd ... Mack Sennett
Marisa Tomei ... Mabel Normand
Penelope Ann Miller ... Edna Purviance
Kevin Kline ... Douglas Fairbanks
Maria Pitillo ... Mary Pickford
Milla Jovovich ... Mildred Harris
Kevin Dunn ... J. Edgar Hoover
Deborah Moore ... Lita Grey (as Deborah Maria Moore)
Diane Lane ... Paulette Goddard
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Storyline

The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Chaplin's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense of loss. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Everyone has a wild side. Even a legend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Italy | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1993 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Чaплин See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,669, 27 December 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,493,259, 31 December 1993
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was originally to be distributed by Universal, but the studio wanted a bigger name in the starring role than Robert Downey, Jr., preferring Dustin Hoffman or Billy Crystal. When Director Sir Richard Attenborough refused to comply, the movie was put into turnaround, and a new producer had to be found. Mario Kassar agreed to take the reigns, but demanded that the movie include the latter part of Charlie Chaplin's life in Switzerland. William Goldman was then brought in to write these new sequences. See more »

Goofs

When Douglas Fairbanks swings down on the rope to meet Charlie, his foot is inside a loop at the end of the rope when he starts the swing in the wide shot, but when he lands in the tight shot, his foot is nowhere near the loop. Also the momentum created by the swing would have carried him much further than it actually did, i.e he wouldn't have stopped where Charlie was standing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George Hayden: Ha ha ha ha ha. Come on Charlie stop messing about, we really have to get down to it now. I just hope our friendship survives the day, that's all.
Charlie Chaplin: Ha George, don't be so melodramatic.
George Hayden: Well, it's your autobiography Charlie. And as your editor I have to tell you that parts of the manuscript are pretty vague, to say the least. I mean for instance, your mother. Now when did she first lose control? We need to know those facts.
Charlie Chaplin: It's hard to say. She could be so wonderful, on good days...
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Alternate Versions

To receive a 12 certificate the original UK cinema version was cut to remove one use of 'fucking' (during Charlie's homecoming visit to a pub). Later releases were uncut and upgraded to a 15 rating. See more »

Connections

References City Lights (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach) and Jerome Kern
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falls a little short of the mark
9 May 2011 | by valleyjohnSee all my reviews

When i was i was a kid and there was only three TV channels , i remember on weekends and school holidays they always used to show black and white comedies. Laurel & Hardy , Harold Lloyd and my personal favorites , Abbot & Costello were the main movies but there is no doubting who was the daddy of them all and that was Charlie Chaplin. Richard Attenborough directed this 1992 biographic movie of the famous Englishman and you would think , considering his previous movies that this would be fantastic. Sadly it falls a little short of the mark.

This is not a bad film at all it's just that i don't think it does Chaplin the justice he deserved. Robert Downy Jr is good , especially when he's playing a young Chaplin and the rest of the cast do a good job but i cant help but feel this film never really works. It's quite a dark film. Chaplin never looks happy and it's not until the end where he is excepting the Oscar do we really get to see a little bit what he was like on screen. The whole thing with him dictating to a biographer never works either and for me , this is Attenborough's biggest mistake. I would love to see someone have another go at making a film about Chaplin and give it a modern spin.

Finally , if you have never seen a Charlie Chaplin film , i urge you to do so. They are so much funnier than some of the so called comedies they churn out today.


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