The Dictator It wasn't just scatological humour and close-to-the-bone politics that sank Sacha Baron Cohen's satire's chances of a Middle East release, but its cliched view of Arab cultureEgypt got a sneak preview of The Dictator as Ramadan finished back in 2009. Okay, not that Dictator: it wasn't Sacha Baron Cohen's zany, Assyrian-bearded Gaddafi duck, but a leathery tyrant played by veteran actor Hassan Hosny with a passing resemblance to a certain shortly to-be-ousted Egyptian leader.
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The Dictator Synopsis and Credits

The heroic story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

"The Dictator" stars Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly, Megan Fox, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Directed by Larry Charles.
Written by Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Produced by Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Scott Rudin.
Production company/distributor: Paramount Pictures.

Release Date: May 16, 2012