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)  »

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Arcángel  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Kelso states that Arkhangelsk was founded by Peter the Great, but Arkhangelsk was founded no later than 1584, almost a century before Peter was even born. 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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19 January 2007 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie as a last resort, for something better to do, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story was very good, which is something you don't get these days with the new breed of writers. This is also the first time I have seen Daniel Craig in a movie since his rise to James Bond. I was impressed with his acting and he was very believable in his part. I believe that is movie is out on DVD and well worth the rental fee or purchase if you like. There are a lot of twists and turns in this movie but if you pay attention it is fairly easy to keep up with the action. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a story with a lot of ins and outs.

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