Chaplin: The Movie

1992 PG-13 2h 25m DVD

Chaplin: The Movie

1992 PG-13 2h 25m DVD
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Through flashbacks and other nonlinear devices, director Richard Attenborough recounts comic icon Charlie Chaplin's (Robert Downey Jr.) poignant journey through triumph, failure, infamy and government persecution. The large cast of characters includes George Hayden (Anthony Hopkins), Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline) and Chaplin's mentally unbalanced mother (Geraldine Chaplin). Downey's performance earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Kline, Geraldine Chaplin, Marisa Tomei, David Duchovny, Diane Lane, Moira Kelly, Deborah Moore, Kevin Dunn, Maria Pitillo, John Thaw, Paul Rhys, Milla Jovovich, James Woods
Richard Attenborough
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie based on Chaplin's autobiography focuses on the great comic's life events, rather than his talent. Some aspects of his life are sad and disturbing, such as his mother's devolution into madness. Expect non-sexual female nudity and social drinking, plus references to women as "bitches," reflecting the inequality of the time.

Sexual Content

Some nudity: women getting into costume before going on stage are in various states of undress, plus a brief full-body female nude shot before bed.


Not applicable


"Bitch" and "ass" used with moderate frequency.

Social Behavior

Charlie's relationship with women is not always healthy. He seeks underage or younger women to consort with, though he usually ends up marrying them.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking of champagne and scotch in ballroom situations.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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