The Death of Stalin

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United Kingdom | 2017 | 107 minutes | Armando Iannucci

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Russia, 1953: The mood under Stalin's regime is one of rampant paranoia. Spouses inform on one another, the secret police are always listening, and death squads roam the streets executing "traitors." One morning, the dictator is found comatose after a massive stroke, triggering a deadly power grab among his closest sycophants and confidants.


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The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Bringing his singularly hilarious misanthropy to this decidedly bleak setting, tackling real-world figures for the first time in his career. A murderer's row of great British and American actors, including Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, and a never-better Jason Isaacs, bring Stalin's inner circle of cronies and backstabbers to uproarious life. The Death of Stalin is a painfully relevant, pitch-black morality tale that shows what happens when too much power is concentrated in the hands of too few.

  • Director: Armando Iannucci
  • Principal Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin
  • Country: United Kingdom, France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Kevin Loader, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
  • Screenplay: Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows
  • Cinematographers: Zac Nicholson
  • Rating: R