• The Death of Stalin (2018)

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The Death of Stalin

Release Date: March 9th, 2018

NR |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, Simon Russell Beale

Director: Armando Iannucci

Genres: Comedy, Drama, History, War, Black Comedy

Production Co: Main Journey, Free Range Films (UK), Quad Productions, Title Media, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma, La Compagnie Cinématographique, Panache Productions, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Though not as stuffed with rapid-fire laughs as In the Loop...this makes a very fine sophomore outing. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    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. show more

  • 86
    Christopher OrrThe Atlantic

    The result is a comedy so black that it recalls the words of the immortal Nigel Tufnel: It could be “none more black.” show more

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