The Death of Stalin Poster

Release Date: March 9th, 2018

R|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
The Soviet dictator lives out his final days, and chaos erupts after his death.

Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Brake, Paddy Considine

Director: Armando Iannucci

Genres: Dark comedy

Production Co: Free Range Films, Main Journey, Quad Productions

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

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

  • 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

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)