- 1hr 46m
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Movie Info & Cast
- Olga Kurylenko
- Tom Brooke
- Paddy Considine
- Justin Edwards
- Adrian McLoughlin
- Simon Russell Beale
- Jeffrey Tambor
- Steve Buscemi
- Michael Palin
- Paul Ready
Did You Know?
- The film is based on a French graphic novel.
- Zhukov is introduced with the caption "Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov - Head of the Red Army" The rank of Field Marshal was abolished in Russia in 1917, Zhukov's rank was Marshal of the Soviet Union (he is usually referred to as Marshal Zhukov). Nor was he head of the army at the time of Stalin's death, as he had fallen out of favour with Stalin.
- [standing over Stalin's unconscious body]
- Lavrentiy Beria: Have a long sleep, old man. I'll take it from here.
Atom User Reviews
A dark comedy take on the events following Stalin’s death. I’ve been looking forward to the film due to the trailer and the film delivered. Shows you how the people with power - under Stalin - were and how terrifying it was to live in that time. Makes one appreciate having rights.
Tried to be funny but often did not quite achieve its objective.
Armando Iannucci’s absurdist comedy reveals this in an extremely loose manner of speaking, with malice aforethought, straight-faced glee and formidable sharpshooting that occasionally misfires. It isn’t history but free-range fiction, a venomous farce containing nuggets of fact, and if its subjects bear any resemblance to present-day dictators and authoritarian mugs or thugs around the world, then the movie has hit its archetypal target.
Though not as stuffed with rapid-fire laughs as In the Loop...this makes a very fine sophomore outing.
The novelty of his volcanically vulgar, deeply cynical tone may have worn off some, but Iannucci has nonetheless crafted another poisonous cocktail of naked ambition and blustery bravado with a decidedly bitter aftertaste.