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Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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(as Charlie Chaplin)

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(as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Henry Bergman ...
Tiny Sandford ...
Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
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Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ...
Mira McKinney ...
Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
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J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
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Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
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Storyline

Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital... When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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You'll never laugh as long and as loud again as long as you live! The laughs come so fast and so furious you'll wish it would end before you collapse! See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Masses  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,507 (USA) (9 January 2004)

Gross:

$163,245 (USA) (24 October 2004)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The singers in the restaurant are also heard, and some scenes include sound effects. See more »

Goofs

(at around 26 mins) When the inmates are eating, the bread that Chaplin and his cell mate fight over, disappears after they get up. See more »

Quotes

President of the Electro Steel Corp.: [first lines]
President of the Electro Steel Corp.: Section 5, speed her up, 401.
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How Dry I Am
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Deifying Modern Times As The King Of Classic Comedy Was True
21 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Splendid.. The second's of Chaplin's best. A Modern Times, where it's beauty will be remembered in our next generation. No matter any new movies appear later, Modern Times have It's self-perpetuating charisma to stand still as a beautifully-written classic. All the universality exist in this black and white moving picture. You can watch it anytime, anywhere, and with anybody without any age range.

From incredible lead performance, where it's script was unspoken. With a mind-blowing writing about politic, hard-work, and sacrifice, no other comedies could stand any chance to compete to Modern Times. They will be discretely forgotten rather than Modern Times which always haunt the audience's mind for a longgg time.. With a remarkable cinematic ending, no one dare to disgust. Worshiping Chaplin as a beyond is very very easy.. Because all of His creation is just... All Masterpieces..


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