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Story

Sir Richard Attenborough's biographical film of the life and times of Charles Chaplin is a little thin as a narrative, but it is so charmingly creative and ultimately moving, it's hard to care about any deficits. Robert Downey Jr. does an excellent job re-creating Chaplin's graceful slapstick and getting inside the silent-film superstar's head over many years of triumph, defeat, scandal, official persecution, exile, and inner peace. A huge cast portray the allies, friends, lovers, and enemies in Chaplin's life, including Moira Kelly as his final, longtime wife, Oona, Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks, Geraldine Chaplin as Charlie's mother, and James Woods as a prosecutor working hard to nail Chaplin for anti-American sentiments. Attenborough declines to tell the story in a flat, linear way, employing such clever techniques as detailing one chapter in Chaplin's life as a silent comedy. The climactic scene set at an Oscar tribute for Chaplin will get the tears flowing. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Robert Downey Jr.Charles Spencer Chaplin
Geraldine ChaplinHannah Chaplin
Paul RhysSydney Chaplin
John ThawFred Karno
Moira KellyHetty Kelly / Oona O'Neill Chaplin
Anthony HopkinsGeorge Hayden
Dan AykroydMack Sennett
Marisa TomeiMabel Normand
Penelope Ann MillerEdna Purviance
Kevin KlineDouglas Fairbanks
Maria PitilloMary Pickford
Milla JovovichMildred Harris
Kevin DunnJ. Edgar Hoover
Deborah MooreLita Grey (as Deborah Maria Moore)
Diane LanePaulette Goddard
Nancy TravisJoan Barry
James WoodsJoseph Scott
Hugh DownerCharlie Age 5
Nicholas GattSydney Age 9
Bill PatersonStage Manager
Anthony BowlesConductor
Bryan ColemanDrunk
Howard Lew LewisWorkhouse Official (as Howard 'Lew' Lewis)
P.H. MoriartyWorkhouse Official
Brian LipsonWarder
Alan FordWarder
Thomas BradfordCharlie Age 14 (as Tom Bradford)
Liz PorterMatchgirl
Ultan Ely-O'CarrollRummy Binks
Marcus EyrePoliceman
Anwar AdaouiLambeth Kid
Bein BilsonLambeth Kid
Mattew CartwrightLambeth Kid
Ian CovingtonLambeth Kid
Adam GoodwinLambeth Kid
Milly GregoryLambeth Kid
Sam HollandLambeth Kid
Jos MaguireLambeth Kid
Daniel ShermanLambeth Kid
Luke StrainLambeth Kid
Frankie SullivanLambeth Kid
Karen SaltLittle Girl
Gerald SimDoctor
Una Brandon-JonesInmate
Audrey LeybourneInmate
Graham SinclairMaster of Ceremonies
Karen LewisYankee Doodle Dancer
Andrée BernardYankee Doodle Dancer (as Andree Bernard)
Carole JahmeYankee Doodle Dancer
Jacqueline LeonardYankee Doodle Dancer
Claire PerriamYankee Doodle Dancer
Theresa PettsYankee Doodle Dancer
David GantLondon Maitre d'
Mary HealeyMrs. Karno
Malcolm TerrisStallholder
Phil BrownProjectionist
Matthew CottleStan Laurel
Ena BagaPianist
David DuchovnyRollie Totheroh
Mario GovoniSwiss Butler
David MooneyWedding Photographer
C.J. GoldenBride's Mother
Raymond LynchBride's Father
Peter GeorgesGroom
Mike RandlemanGroom's Mother
Mike PelusoGroom's Father
Caroline CornellWedding Guest
Ann FairlieWedding Guest
Paul HayesWedding Guest
Dennis VeroWedding Guest
Francesca BullerMinnie Chaplin
Nick CorelloMasseur
Richard FastBronco Billy Anderson
Brad ParkerParty Photographer
Yoshio BeChauffeur
Peter CrookFrank Hooper
David TotherohCameraman
Jack TotherohCameraman
Jack RitschelWilliam Randolph Hearst
Heather McNairMarion Davies
Laura BastianelliDinner Guest
Joy ClaussenDinner Guest
Paul Bruno GrenierDinner Guest
Marykate HarrisDinner Guest
Charles HowertonDinner Guest
Jason LoganDinner Guest
Renata ScottDinner Guest
Michael VillaniDinner Guest (as Mike Villani)
Jerry JensenHotel Porter (as Jerry Jenson)
Larry RandolphWaiter
Alan CharofFederal Marshal (as Alan Charoff)
Dana CraigFederal Marshal
Kennedy GrantFederal Marshal
Ken MageeFederal Marshal
Benjamin WhitrowStation Master (as Ben Whitrow)
Edward CrangleYoung Autograph Hunter
Stuart RichmanBarman
Mark VeghBarman
Caroline GuthrieCourting Couple
Lawrence LambertCourting Couple
Robert StephensTed the Drunk
Tim ChaplinWorking Man
Nick EdmettWorking Man
David FinchWorking Man
Mark LongWorking Man
Tommy WrightWorking Man
Leonard KirbyYoung Fan
Sean O'BryanLewis Seeley
Donald ElsonProp Man
Donnie KehrSound Engineer
Sky RumphCharles Chaplin Jr. Age 7
Bradley PierceSydney Chaplin Jr. Age 8
Richard JamesPianist
William Dennis HuntUS Maitre D'
Michael BlevinsDavid Raksin
Norbet WeisserGerman Diplomat
Vicki FrederickParty Guest
Gene WolandeParty Guest
Michael AdlerParty Guest
Iris BathParty Guest
Thomas K. BelgreyParty Guest
Tom PrestonParty Guest
Mary StarkParty Guest
Annie WatermanParty Guest
Noah Lee MargettsClapper Boy (as Noah Margetts)
Rhett SmithTennis Party Guest
John StandingButler
Michael A. GoorjianCharles Chaplin Jr (as Michael Goorjian)
Michael CadeSydney Chaplin Jr
Todd Mason CovertReporter
Phil FormanReporter
Chaley J. GarrettReporter
Jerry GilesReporter
Howard HughesReporter
Jayson KaneReporter
Michael MillerReporter
John OtrinReporter
J. Michael PattersonReporter
Paul SinclairReporter
Terrence StoneReporter
Ralph VotrianReporter
Emma LewisProduction Assistant
Charles ChaplinThe Little Tramp / Adenoid Hynkel / A Jewish Barber (archive footage) (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Richard Attenborough
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 143 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 8, 1993
    EuropeDec 18, 1992
    AustraliaFeb 18, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaFeb 15, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 25, 2000
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