The Death of Stalin
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Genre:
Comedy
Duration:
1 hours 46 minutes
Age restriction:
R16
Director:
Armando Iannucci
Actors:
Ed Helms,
Polly Draper,
Mavis Staples,
Jeffrey Tambor,
Michael Palin,
Rupert Friend,
Jason Isaacs,
Paddy Considine,
Simon Russell Beale,
The Death of Stalin

The fight for leadership begins.

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

“… punchy, raucous, savagely smart screen comedy…” Times (UK)

“A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror.” – Time Out

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