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Video – “The Dictator”

Charlie Chaplin’s climactic speech at the end of his comic nigh-masterpiece “The Great Dictator” (1940) is a great one… if it is taken out of context. Within the film, though, it is concussive and preachy and takes the viewer right out of the rapturous experience of sticking it to that Hitler guy.

However, British musician Dan Reed has re-energized the sequence by using it in his song “The Dictator,” and it’s an inspiring watch, despite being a little too on-the-nose (much like Chaplin’s speech):

Speaking of Steven Seagal (sorry, I’m too tired for a proper segue), the stone-faced kicker-of-arse made a movie in 1994 called “On Deadly Ground” in which he defended the rights of some downtrodden American Indians (repetitive: see repetitive). He ended the movie in similar fashion:


About Robert Newton

I run Cape Ann Community Cinema ( on Main Street in Gloucester (above Mystery Train) and am also a professional writer and editor. I make films and novelty records, as well.

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