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Robert Downey, Jr. captures the essence of comic genius Charlie Chaplin in a compelling, nuanced performance that earned him Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. Director Richard Attenborough's well-crafted portrait traces Chaplin's impoverished London upbringing, extraordinary success as an actor and director, his troubled marriages, scandalous affairs, shocking exile to Switzerland and his triumphant return to Hollywood. The huge star-studded cast includes Kevin Kline, Dan Aykroyd, Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane and Geraldine Chaplin (as her own grandmother), and Downey's astonishing mimicry of Chaplin's gait, gestures and accents complete a dazzlingly authentic portrait of one of cinema's first pop culture icons.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 218918190
UPC 012236113362
UPC 14 00012236113362
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/9/2012
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The life and times of Charlie Chaplin, the legendary film maker. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actor--Robert Downey Jr.
Plot Summary
Summary A dramatized biography of the highs and lows in the life of one of the foremost comic geniuses the screen has ever known. Presented as the reminiscences of an elderly Chaplin, the narrative opens with the comic's impoverished East London childhood, and progresses through his vaudeville and Hollywood successes to his virtual banishment from the United States, and eventually his welcome back to accept a special Academy Award -- 20 years too late.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "If you want to understand me, watch my movies." -- Charlie Chaplin
Sight and Sound "...Downey excels in reconstructions..." 01/01/1993 p.42-3
USA Today "...A dynamic central performance..." 12/24/1992 p.3D
Entertainment Weekly "...[Downey] offers a graceful re-creation of the comic's slapstick balleticism..." 01/08/1993 p.32-4
New York Times "[E]ven before he hit 30, Mr. Downey had the ability to burrow more deeply into a character than most actors can manage after a lifetime in the business." 09/12/2008
Richard Attenborough
Milla Jovovich
Robert Downey
Moira Kelly
Kevin Kline
Cast & Crew
Nancy Travis - Star
Kevin Dunn - Star
Marisa Tomei - Star
Paul Rhys - Star
Maria Pitillo - Star
David Duchovny - Star
Dan Aykroyd - Star
Donnie Kehr - Star
Milla Jovovich - Star
Phil Brown - Star
Penelope Ann Miller - Star
Robert Downey Jr. - Star
Moira Kelly - Star
Kevin Kline - Star
Geraldine Chaplin - Star
James Woods - Star
Diane Lane - Star
Anthony Hopkins - Star
William Goldman - Screenwriter
John Barry - Composer
Mario Kassar - Producer
Sven Nykvist - Director of Photography
Richard Attenborough - Producer
Richard Attenborough - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
UPC 00012236113362
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Golden Globe (1993) Geraldine Chaplin, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Robert Downey Jr., Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Oscar (1993) John Barry, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Robert Downey Jr., Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Stuart Craig, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner ...Robert Downey, Jr. is brilliant...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...Downey captures Chaplin's spirit, even in costume as the Tramp...

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