Chaplin (1992)

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Partly based on Charlie Chaplin's My Autobiography, this humorous and dramatic biopic features an all-star cast including Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane, and Chaplin's real-life daughter, Geraldine Chaplin, who portrays his mentally ill mother. With the use of flashback, an elderly Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor (Hopkins), who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Boyd, Bryan Forbes, William Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 25, 2000
Runtime:
Columbia TriStar

Cast


as Charles Spencer Chap...

as George Hayden

as Douglas Fairbanks

as J. Edgar Hoover

as Mack Sennett

as Hetty/Oona O'Neill

as Sydney Chaplin

as Fred Karno

as Mabel Normand

as Edna Purviance

as Paulette Goddard

as Joan Barry

as Lawyer Scott

as Charlie (age 5)

as Charlie (age 14)

as Stan Laurel

as Rollie Totheroh

as Minnie Chaplin

as Frank Hooper

as Sound Engineer

as David Raskin

as Sydney (age 9)

as Lita Grey

as Stage Manager

as Conductor

as Workhouse Official

as Workhouse Official

as Warder

as Matchgirl

as Policeman

as Lambeth Kid

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as Little Girl

as Doctor

as Yankee Doodle Dancer

as Master of Ceremonies

as Yankee Doodle Dancer

as Yankee Doodle Dancer

as Yankee Doodle Dancer

as Yankee Doodle Dancer

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as Yankee Doodle Dancer

as London Maitre d'

as Mrs. Karno

as Stallholder

as Projectionist

as Pianist

as Swiss Butler

as Wedding Photographer

as Bride's Mother

as Bride's Father

as Groom's Mother

as Groom's Father

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as Masseur

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as Mary Pickford

as US Maitre D'

as Party Photographer

as Chauffeur

as Cameraman

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as Marion Davies

as Dinner Guest

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as Federal Marshal

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as Station Master

as Young Autograph Hunt...

as Barman

as Courting Couple

as Courting Couple

as Ted the Drunk

as Working Man

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as Young Fan

as Lewis Seeley

as Prop Man

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as Pianist

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as German Diplomat

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Critic Reviews for Chaplin

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12)

With this reverential biopic, director Richard Attenborough has cranked out a many-reel, talky talkie.

February 27, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A lot of loving care (but not much thought) went into this white elephant, and considering how fascinating a figure Chaplin is it's never exactly boring, but your time would be much better spent looking at any of Chaplin's pictures.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's slick packaging around what is mostly warm air.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The thrill of the ending, with real Chaplin film clips, only exposes the rest as a soporific.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Might be of interest to fans of the great comic, but as entertainment it ultimately fails.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012
Three Movie Buffs

Audience Reviews for Chaplin

½

A stupendous biopic centered on the life of the perfectionist genius obsessed with his work that was Charles Chaplin, and it boasts a spectacular production design, a marvelous script, a beautiful score and Robert Downey Jr. in one of his most amazing performances.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

½

Robert Downey jr. brings Charlie Chaplin to life in this near flawless biopic, Chaplin. Chaplin tells the story of the first Hollywood icon, Charlie Chaplin. Robert Downey jr. delivers as the famed actor. He gives a stunning, perfect performance of this icon of cinema. Chaplin is one of the best biopics I've seen in quite some time. There is a good mix of humor and drama in this story. The film recounts some of the greatest moments in Charlie Chaplin's life, such as his debut in silent films, the release of his legendary The Great Dictator and his welcomed return to Hollywood. Chaplin is a well crafted biopic that has superb performances. I thought that this was a terrific film, and I don't understand why the film has gotten so much criticism. I felt like this was a great film that really captured the essence of this troubled genius. This film is another example as to why film critics are wrong. Downey Jr's performance was flawless and he really delivered something special on-screen. You looked at him, and you saw Charlie Chaplin. If you're looking for a terrific biopic, Chaplin is the one. I've seen many films based on the lives of famous people, and Chaplin is one of the better biopics around. This is a brilliant film that really delivers something great for the viewer. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I'm sure every die-hard Charlie Chaplin fan will enjoy Robert Downey jr.'s performance as the Little Tramp. A wonderful picture.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Not a huge success upon release and I'm not really sure why as this lavish epic is thoroughly interesting, charming and well made.

Taken a from a point of narration by Chaplin during an interview with a fictional character played by Hopkins the film simply takes you through Chaplin's life from one event to another although with many gaps. I'm not completely up with the life of Charlie but I have read that the film does take artistic license with the truth and of course skips allot of history. This really can't be faulted as my personal view from someone who knows very little about his life is 'does that matter?'

The film shows much of his upbringing from the dirty streets of Victorian London to his first jobs in the US, his breaking through into the business, becoming rich and world famous and his problems upon returning to the UK after the the first World War. Most of his big films are also covered in the bio and show just how much swing he had during his reign, the issue he had with controversial ideas and how his close friendships with top stars of the time like Doug Fairbanks helped him.

The film looks excellent in every sense and every scene but clearly the main attraction is Downey Jr and his portrayal of Chaplin. Not only does he genuinely look like Charlie but he manages to mimic the moves, walk, facial expressions and even the comedic slapstick Charlie amazed us with in his movies. To watch Downey making the classic films within the main film you would actually think Chaplin was still alive today starring in his own bio, amazing work to get it right.

Other cast members all add to the superb film both in their looks and portrayals, an amazing line up of known stars from both the US and the UK ranging from Dan Aykroyd to Diane Lane to John Thaw to Milla Jovovich. Kevin Kline is probably one of the better casting choices as he really does seem to belong in that kind of era, born at the wrong time methinks hehe and his lovely showcase as Fairbanks shows this.

As with any film of this nature some sequences are maybe over the top and heavy handed to create that teary eyed emotion but I guess that is to be expected and required to a degree. Never the less a worthy film from Attenborough that has been forgotten and easily sits in the top twenty of all time bio pics.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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