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145 min.
United States United States
William Goldman, William Boyd, Bryan Forbes
John Barry
Sven Nykvist
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Co-production United States-Japan-France-Italy; Carolco Pictures / JBS / Canal+ / RCS Video
Drama | Biography. Film In Film
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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 through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest friendships, many marriages, merciless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover (Kevin Dunn), and ingenious invention of "The Little Tramp." Highlighted works such as The Gold Rush (1925) and The Great Dictator (1940) illustrate significant turning points in Chaplin's prolific filmography. Director Richard Attenborough's film also explores the circumstances surrounding Chaplin's exile from America and his eventual return to receive an honorary Academy Award. - Lisa Kropiewnicki, All Movie Guide.
1992: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), OST, Art Direction
1992: 3 noms. for Golden Globe: Best Actor Drama, OST, Supporting Actress (Geraldine Chaplin)
1992: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Downey Jr.). 4 Nominations, Inlcuding Best Make-up
1992: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Promising Actress (Marisa Tomei). 2 Nom.
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