The Great Dictator

1940 film by Charlie Chaplin

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama movie written, directed, produced, scored by, and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other movies.

The Great Dictator
Directed byCharlie Chaplin
Produced byCharlie Chaplin
Written byCharlie Chaplin
StarringCharlie Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Jack Oakie
Henry Daniell
Reginald Gardiner
Billy Gilbert
Maurice Moscovich
Music byCharlie Chaplin
Meredith Willson
CinematographyKarl Struss
Roland Totheroh
Edited byWillard Nico
Harold Rice
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 15, 1940 (1940-10-15) (New York)
  • March 7, 1941 (1941-03-07) (London)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million (US$36,023,923 in 2017 dollars[2])
Box office$5 million (US$89,418,052 in 2017 dollars[2])[3]


  1. "The Great Dictator (U)". British Board of Film Classification. December 9, 1940. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  3. Jones, Lon (March 4, 1944). "Which Cinema Films Have Earned the Most Money Since 1914?". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2012.