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Year
1928
Runtime
72 min.
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Romance, Comedy
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
20,157
Checks
4,780
Favs
424
Dislikes
20
Favs/checks
8.9% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
21:1
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  1. weirdboy's avatar

    weirdboy

    Yet more proof that adding monkeys to a scene always makes it funnier. 6 years 8 months ago
  2. landencelano's avatar

    landencelano

    Gag for gag Chaplins funniest and least sentimental film. Nothing but the funny. Love it. 12 years 7 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Chaplin's last film of the silent era (but not silent film) is The Circus, and though I know it was a production fraught with problems, and Chaplin's personal life was going down the drain, it really doesn't show. It is as mad, amusing, and gentle as any of his classics. The Tramp accidentally joins a circus is the "plot", the setting being used for a lot of fun bits, but also impressive wire work. The actors seem to be doing all of the daredevil stuff for real, though there may be some trickery and I can't see it. Giving Charlie a big, fat security wire when he has to do the high-wire act is perhaps an act of genius, because it makes you expect that thick a rope on any performance up high, hiding actual wires not just from your eyes, but from your mind. Then again, Chaplin also puts himself in a lion's cage to get laughs, so this is some maverick Jackie Chan kind of stuff. Interestingly, the love story doesn't end the way these things normally do. 3 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #8 in IMDb's 1920s Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #27 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
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  3. This movie ranks #28 in IMDb's Family Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #29 in iCheckMovies's 1920s Top 100
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  5. This movie ranks #38 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
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  6. This movie ranks #44 in IMDb's Romance Top 50
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  7. This movie ranks #171 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  8. This movie ranks #373 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  9. This movie ranks #741 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  10. This movie ranks #1208 in The Criterion Collection
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