The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

Director: | Genre: Comedy, Drama, War

Released: 1940 | Runtime: 125 min

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

The Great Dictator Quotes

  • International press reporter : The Phooey has just referred to the Jewish people.
  • Field Marshal Herring : We've just discovered the most wonderful, the most marvelous poisinous gas. It will kill everybody.
  • Commander Shutz : Heil Hynk... Oh what am I saying?
  • Adenoid Hynkel : How wonderful! Tomania, a nation of blue-eyed blondes.
    Garbitsch : Why not a blonde Europe, Asia, America?
    Adenoid Hynkel : Blonde world...
    Garbitsch : And a brunette dictator.
    Adenoid Hynkel : Dictator of the world!
  • Commander Shutz: How's the gas?
    A Jewish barber: Terrible, it kept me awake all night.
  • Commander Shutz: [plane is upside down] We're upside down!
    A Jewish Barber: I know it.
    Commander Shutz: Give me that stick!
    A Jewish Barber: Impossible.
    Commander Shutz: [engine dies] Oh, there it goes. We're out of gas. Well, this is it then. [pulls out cigarette pack]
    Commander Shutz: Cigarette?
    A Jewish Barber: Not now.
    Commander Shutz: Then I shant need this anymore. [tosses cigarette pack]
  • Field Marshal Herring: We've just discovered the most wonderful, the most marvelous poisinous gas. It will kill everybody.
  • [ last lines ]
    A Jewish Barber : I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, us
  • Commander Shutz : How's the gas?
    A Jewish barber : Terrible, it kept me awake all night.
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