CHAPLIN (Theatrical Release USA 1992)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Chaplin—a classic for Robert Downey Jr.—tells the story of America’s beloved tramp, Charlie Chaplin, as a boy;  teenager; and young, middle, and aged adult. It’s a firsthand account of how Charlie Chaplin lived, the friends he made, his wives, and his workaholic attitude toward one of the greatest inventions for man to this day: the motion picture. This show is masterfully acted by Robert Downey Jr. and perfectly orchestrated by Director Richard Attenborough. There is some nudity.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Charles Chaplin (Hugh Downer), the youngest of two English boys, tries to recoup his mother Hannah’s (Geraldine Chaplin) stage faux pas as a little boy and is praised for it. His mother, over time, loses her mind and has to be admitted to a mental asylum. Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.) eventually makes his way to America where he forms his legendary Tramp character which launches him into stardom, fame, and wealth.

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Richard Attenborough for his efforts in directing the film. Thank you to Producers and Co-producer Richard Attenborough, Mario Kassar, and Terence A. Clegg for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sydney Chaplin (Paul Rhys), Fred Karno (John Thaw), Hetty Kelly/ Oona O’Neill Chaplin (Moira Kelly), George Hayden (Anthony Hopkins), Mark Sennett (Dan Aykroyd), Mabel Normand (Marisa Tomei), Edna Purviance (Penelope Ann Miller), Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline), Mary Pickford (Maria Pitillo), Mildred Harris (Milla Jovovich), J. Edgar Hoover (Kevin Dunn), Lita Grey (Deborah Moore), and Paulette Goddard (Diane Lane).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is a classic not-to-miss movie; worth every adult ticket.

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