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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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Country:

UK | France | Italy | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1993 (USA) 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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Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Charlie Chaplin is at work on Shoulder Arms (1918), he asks his cameraman, Roland Totheroh, how the light is. Totheroh (and the rest of the crew) replies, "Better down at Barney's bar." That was the signal for production to end for the day. The "light" referred the light beer served at Barney Oldfield's bar, which was the favorite drink and hangout for the crew after filming. See more »

Goofs

When Mother is serving "fish head" soup to Charlie and his brother... She empties a ladle of broth into a bowl, then in a closer view is shown a fish head in the ladle which wasn't there a second ago. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

ANY OLD IRON
Charles Collins and E. A. Sheppard and Fred Terry
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Intriguing look at Chaplin's life and early Hollywood
14 October 2002 | by bill_goldenSee all my reviews

This is a great example of a movie I took a chance on one rainy Sunday at a theater in Charlotte, NC., and was highly rewarded with an intriguing look at the life of an early film star set against the background of early Hollywood. I had't heard much buzz about it and didn't really know much about Charlie Chaplin. Downey is amazing in his personification of Chaplin. If you want to expand your horizons and learn a little about the inside workings of the film industry from circa World War I thru the 50's, this award-winning movie comes highly recommended.


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