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Archangel (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  5 January 2006 (Estonia)
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A British college professor working in Russia investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.

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Prof. Fluke Kelso
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Zinaida Rapava
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R.J. O'Brian
Lev Prygunov ...
Vladimir Mamantov
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Suvorin
Harry Ditson ...
Frank Adelman
Tanya Moodie ...
Velma
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Anna Gerasimova ...
Anna
Claudia Harrison ...
Louise
Kaspars Zvigulis ...
Young Papu Rapava
Valery Chernyak ...
Old Papu Rapava
Aurelija Anuzhite ...
Olga
Ziedonis Lochmelis ...
Viktor
Jakov Rafalson ...
Moscow Official (as Yakov Rafalson)
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Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever. Written by Christopher Hall

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Icon Productions originally held the film rights to the novel, with intentions to develop it as a Mel Gibson vehicle for the big screen. See more »

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After Kelso is released from the police station he is given a ride by the Russian intelligence. You can clearly see that he is getting into black BMW 5 series (e-39) but in the next shot he is getting out from a black BMW 7 series (e-38). See more »

Quotes

Fluke Kelso: Look, actually... I don't want to sleep with you. Although that would be... a very attractive proposition but... I want something else from you.
Zinaida: Whatever you want is still three hundred.
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Pretty good. But I've not read the book.
24 March 2005 | by (Wigan, UK) – See all my reviews

I thought the preceding comments on this BBC drama a little too critical. A total of two hours was not really long enough to do credit to the story, so given the time constraint, the end result was not too bad at all. I read somewhere previously that at one time, Mel Gibson was in line to play the part of Fluke Kelso (his production company eventually backed out). If this is the case, then I for one am certainly glad that they did. Craig did an excellent job - cool, a bit scared (but not 'panic-ridden' as Gibson would have played it) in the lead role. And so what if the Russian girl and the annoying American journalist were 'by the book'. Sometimes an air of familiarity is necessary - especially with the short time given to get the story over. Gabriel Macht did a pretty good job in not making his character too annoying. In total (compared to some other recent dramatisations I've seen) I'd give this one 9 out of 10.)


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