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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prof. Fluke Kelso
Zinaida Rapava
R.J. O'Brian
Lev Prygunov ...
Vladimir Mamantov
Harry Ditson ...
Frank Adelman
Anna Gerasimova ...
Claudia Harrison ...
Kaspars Zvigulis ...
Young Papu Rapava
Valery Chernyak ...
Old Papu Rapava
Aurelija Anuzhite ...
Ziedonis Lochmelis ...
Jakov Rafalson ...
Moscow Official (as Yakov Rafalson)


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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5 January 2006 (Estonia)  »

Also Known As:

Arcángel  »

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(2 parts)

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1.85 : 1
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Stalin had two sons, one of whom, Yakov, died in German captivity during the war, the other, Vasilii died of alcoholism in 1962. Yakov's son Evgenii has tried to carry the family torch, much as "Joseph" in the film, with little success. The conceit of the film might be based on the discovery in 2001 of another Stalin grandson, whose father was conceived during Stalin's exile in Siberia before the revolution. See more »


The pistol that Kelso gives to Zinaida on the train has a woodgrain handle; it is not the same pistol shown in other scenes. See more »


Fluke Kelso: If this book really exists, it's a piece of history.
Old Papu Rapava: What use is history to me?
Fluke Kelso: Well, history like this can sometimes be worth a lot of money.
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Should have been in the cinemas
10 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just thinking that it would be some good casual watching, I settled down to this two part drama on BBC 1 in 2005. Initially I didn't expect much but soon I discovered that this low profile production was actually one of the best dramas that I have seen. Set heavily in Russia, the film actually is acted by many Russian actors/actresses in real life. My overall impression was that a lot of time, thought and effort had been put into the production making an excellent final product. Not only was the acting good but also the storyline, scenery and directing. I give the TV-film and overall rating of 10/10 (and believe me, I don't give that rating lightly - in fact, I think it is the first time I have ever given such a high rating for anything on IMDb). I think that the only disappointing thing about the film was the fact that it was not released in the cinema.

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